A new British study has revealed that drinking became more frequent as people aged. It showed that a large percentage of aged men drank everyday or most of the days of the week while most women drank once in a month or occasionally. The study found that frequent drinking was more common in middle and old aged men.
As per Annie Britton, the lead author of the University College, London, it was important to understand the fluctuations in the drinking habits and behavior in order to identify the high risk groups as well as the trends over a period of time. Teenagers preferred bouts of heavy drinking episodes irregularly. They drank usually one or two times a week, but as people grew up drinking became more regular. In Britain, most of the adult populace drank alcohol, and were affected by the harms associated with alcoholism.
Researches on consequences of taking alcohol must take into account the changes taking places in drinking habits due to the growing age. Britton added that most researches on alcoholism did not include the changing pattern of drinking habits among men and women, and the failure to include such vital dynamics led to incorrect risk estimates. A study of the drinking pattern changes from adolescent through to the old age could be utilized to formulate suitable policies and programs aimed at devising suitable public health initiatives. A sensible drinking advice could also be provided to the people at large.
The findings with respect to changes in drinking habits due to ageing were based on the observation of 174000 alcohol users belonging to different regions of the world collected over a period of 34 years from 1979 to 2013. Changes in drinking habits took place more in men than women; however, they both followed the same pattern. The pattern included rapid increase in the intake of alcohol during adolescence peaking in early adulthood, followed by a plateau in mid-life, and lastly, a decline in the intake in older age. This study had been published in the journal entitled BMC Medicine.