A Quarter of People Who are Over 55 Could Likely be “Chronic Alcoholics,” Warns Doctors

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People who are in their 50s and 60s could be at risk of serious damage with seemingly-benign alcohol habits following a warning that was made by doctors that a quarter of middle-aged people could likely be suffering from “chronic alcoholism.”

Australian Medical Association (AMA) doctors said that 27 percent of people who are aged between 55 and 64 were consuming two glasses of wine per night. The figure is regarded as a “risky level” of consumption of alcohol.

The Daily Telegraph of Australia reported that the AMA had warned that consuming two glasses per day should be already be regarded as an “upper limit,” with at least two days per week designated as alcohol-free.

The president of AMA NSW, Dr. Brad Frankum, said that couples who share a bottle of wine at the end of a stressful day were particularly at risk of liver disease, pancreatitis, alcoholism-induced dementia, and obesity.

“[People who share a bottle of wine] don’t associate binge drinking with the cultured act of a glass of wine at night,” said Frankum.

The said news was released as campaigners in the United Kingdom called for alcohol to be sold with health warnings just like those that are included in cigarette packets.

The Royal Society for Public Health called for beer, spirits, and wine to be labelled with messages regarding the risks of drinking, and warnings about the link between alcohol and some cancers.