Study Associates ‘Harmful Drinking’ To Success

London: Scientists have cautioned that People aged 50 & above, who are also “successful agers” i.e healthy, well-educated, sociable and affluent- seem to have greater chances of drinking harmfully than people who are less successful.

Harmful drinking is a “middle-class phenomenon” that might be a secretive social and health complication, contrarily in lucrative and elderly people, they explained.

“We can sketch the problem of harmful drinking among people aged 50 or over as a ‘middle class phenomenon’. These are healthy people with higher income, higher educational attainment, socially more active and are more likely to drink at harmful levels,” the authors noted in the BMJ Open journal.

Greater prospects of harmful drinking weren’t  associated with sensations of depression or isolation, but it was more prevalent among men living independently, including ones who were divorced or separated.

People who had caring responsibilities, had lower chances of being at a greater risk among women, but religious convictions did not matter- for both sexes.

Employment status didnt prove to be a vital factor in it, but women who had reached retirement had a greater probability to be at an elevated risk of drinking harmfully, the study observed.

Income, was another factor that was associated with a greater risk but only among women who were smokers.

Better educational accomplishments and a good well-being were seen to be associated with elevated chances in both sexes.

The authors evaluated approximately 9000 responses to the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing (ELSA) – which is a long term analysis of a given specimen of those aged between 50 and above, living in their own, at home in England.

Researchers had taken national assistance to define the multiplying risks of harmful drinking at 22-50 units in a week for men and 15 to 35 units in a week for women.”The results show that the current group of over 50s may be carrying levels of higher consumption, developed in their younger years, in later life,” the scientists concluded.


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