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Baby boomer alcohol warning

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More than 10 million people in England are drinking above the recommended levels, according to the report from Alcohol Concern.
 
The sum spent on treating the baby boomer generation went on 454,317 patients, compared with the 54,682 under-24s who were treated at a cost of £64m. Problem drinking is a contributing factor for a host of diseases, including liver, kidney and heart disease, as well as increasing the risk of injury.

 
Liver disease expert Sir Ian Gilmore, a former president of the Royal College of Physicians, who has long campaigned about alcohol misuse, agreed. He said: "It is the unwitting chronic middle-aged drinkers who are taking serious risks with their health."
 
These are frightening statistics. It appears that over drinking has become an accepted practice without people realising the harm that can result. I hope that this blog will make people look at their drinking habits and make changes if they feel that any alarm bells are ringing.
 
Patricia Wakeford
Solicitor
Clinical negligence Team

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