Are you drinking more or less alcohol as you get older?

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A recent survey found that the over-50s are increasingly turning to alcohol to cope with stress, retirement, bereavement and isolation. The survey is part a report called “Drink Wise Age Well – Alcohol Use and the Over 50s”.

Other reasons included loss of a sense of purpose, fewer opportunities to socialise and a change in financial circumstances.

Research shows the NHS spends more money on alcohol-related hospital treatment for 55-74 year olds than 16-24 year olds.

“One in three higher risk drinkers cite being down or depressed as a reason for drinking and 41 per cent say they drink because they are lonely or bored.”

On balance, some females find that less amounts of alcohol consumed during the menopausal years improves sleep quality and quantity, and have noticed their alcohol consumption has reduced and also their taste and appetite for alcohol has diminished as they have got older.

So what are your views?  Do you drink more regularly and in larger volume as you have got older? Or has your consumption remain unchanged?  Does medication mean you are not able to take alcohol now? Or do you just prefer not to drink alcohol at all?

Are you drinking more or less alcohol as you get older?

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WATERSPRITE
1st Apr 2016
0
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Never drank whilst at work due to having to drive, Now retired I buy red wines by the case, wife is t'total Love it but don't over do it.
sammydarlo
22nd Mar 2016
0
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In my younger days, yes i used to drink quite often, not every night of course, just the usual weekends and maybe occasional midweek if there was a group playing at the local WMC. But these days, i drink very very rarely. I have had one pint of beer this evening which will only be my third pint since new year! In all that time i have shared 3 bottles of wine with my wife and drunk a glass of whisky ONCE. (i hate whisky lol, but it really was for medical reasons, i had a sore throat and rotten cold and whiskey is a great throat soother and germ killer, and thats the only reason i would touch the stuff. So my alcohol consumption is very low and i'll be honest i don't miss it, its nice now and again but not essential and i'd rather have a flavoured milk or glass of orange or cherryade.
celtwitch
14th Mar 2016
0
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I have just this morning decided to quit alcohol completely, I have been necking a lot recently and I can't afford it, I think it has become a bad habit. Drinking solves nothing, it damages the heart, brain,liver, stomach, throat and mouth and adds nothing positive to life. Goodbye booze, it's over.
brizo
29th Mar 2016
0
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I quit 15 years ago and don't even think about a drink anymore
petesline9
3rd Mar 2016
0
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I used to really enjoy a drink in my teens
And 20s
At the age of 59 I can have a pint or
Glass of wine and feel fine, though for the
Last 20 odd years drinking is something I just
Don't need . I suppose when I was younger
The places to meet friends were usually
A pub or any other alcohol fuelled venues
I guess it's down to the old adage
You don't miss what you don't have !!
Bert
3rd Mar 2016
0
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I drink much less, I am continually told to drink more WATER,
Patholmes
26th Feb 2016
0
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Both my purse and the fact that I cannot drive home from the pub or restaurant dictate whether or not I have a drink these days.
Poppyrose
3rd Feb 2016
1
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I used to love alcohol, I make no excuses I just enjoyed it, but for the last six months and at 62, my system has decided no way and now I don't even fancy it - I am struggling to understand this metamorphis into a sensible upstanding member of the community!
Lyndene
31st Jan 2016
0
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I have retired, with more time to myself to enjoy a glass of wine often
Bert
31st Jan 2016
2
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Less alcohol now much less but l do like a glass of Stout now and again.
Trampas1955
26th Jan 2016
1
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Drinkers need a jolt. I stopped when I was diagnosed with leukemia!
jentie51
26th Jan 2016
1
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I've never acquired a taste for alcohol - just don't like the stuff, so never drink it.
ann chick
25th Jan 2016
1
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having problems with stomach acid has meant reducing alcohol from now and then to hardly ever!
santarosa48
24th Jan 2016
1
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Tee-total for many years.
john stewart
23rd Jan 2016
0
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just try to keep yourself happy. ime very much into jesus so drink does not get a grip on me
bluemoon239
22nd Jan 2016
1
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I very rarely have a glass of wine nowadays, a nice red with my lasagne.
lizfid3
21st Jan 2016
2
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Didn't drink when I was working as I had early rises and was too tired at night to be bothered going out. I now get out on Saturday nights and have a nip before bed. Certainly not going overboard but am enjoying the little indulgencies.
KevinC
21st Jan 2016
1
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I'm drinking less know than when I was working.
I worked in film and television.
I would probably drink 3 /4 of a bottle a night. As work was always stressful. Now I have a glass or two if I'm eating italian at home,or a vodka at the weekend.
Athena
21st Jan 2016
0
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I no longer drink alcohol mainly because of being on medication, but I just didn't like it anymore. I never drank a lot just a glass of wine or sherry or a bottle of beer at Christmas & New Year and nothing alcoholic the rest of the year.
thefilthycripple
21st Jan 2016
-2
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Drinking as a prop can only lead to disaster ,my mother was an alcoholic and in the end she was a different person ! In my experience a lot of older people drink to excess ,because they think it's clever ,how stupid is that ?
Polly-Rae
21st Jan 2016
6
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There's nothing quite like putting the world to rights, with friends, over a glass of decent red or something gloriously fizzy and chilled (although my husband would argue that a pint of London Pride is best for honing one's opinions!). Moderation is the key here surely? I'll start to fret when I'm having gin on my cornflakes!
Munsterlander
21st Jan 2016
5
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Pretty much the same as ever. Always have a few beers and glasses of wine at the weekends. Beginning to think the chickens may come home to roost as been doing this for 40 years but hey if you are enjoying yourself you need to relax and live a bit!
sprintrs
21st Jan 2016
3
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About 5 years ago I could drink well, but now I only have a drink if I feel like it. Example New Year's Eve I saw the year in with a glass of water, (how sad) but I felt great the next day.
Pam1960
21st Jan 2016
3
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When I was younger I think I drank alcohol out of habit and also peer pressure. I now only drink occasionally and only if I fancy it. I seem to have developed a liking for water, I drink pints of it
scribbler
20th Jan 2016
3
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Not drinking any at all now due to a stomach problem. Not forbidden, but safe limit so small, not worth the risk. Same goes for aspirin and NSAIDs.

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