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Beer, bongs and baby boomers: the unlikely tale of drug and alcohol use in the over 50s

24 August 2017

Beer, bongs and baby boomers: the unlikely tale of drug and alcohol use in the over 50s

August 23, 2017 3.39pm AEST

If you ask someone what a typical heavy drinker or drug user looks like, they’re probably more likely to evoke images of Gen Ys with tattoos and piercings than greying baby boomers.

But recent Australian data, outlined in our British Medical Journal editorial today, shows rates of alcohol and drug use are actually decreasing among younger age groups, while increasing dramatically in people over the age of 50.

Not only is there a rise in the proportion of older people who regularly drink at risky levels, there are also more older people using cannabis.

 

To read the full article, follow the link below.

https://theconversation.com/beer-bongs-and-baby-boomers-the-unlikely-tale-of-drug-and-alcohol-use-in-the-over-50s-82753

 

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