New research has suggested that the new minimum price on alcohol could potentially save up to 50,000 pensioners lives over the next decade.
Some Stats and facts:
- Over 65s are more likely to drink everyday and on their own compared younger drinkers.
- An estimation of 1.4 million older people in Britain are drinking too much.
- In the last year there have been more admissions in hospital for over 65s suffering from alcohol related illnesses and injuries compared to 16 – 24s .
- one third of older drinkers are said to develop a drinking problem later in life
So how will putting the price up help ?
Pensioners will not be able to buy as much alcohol as they once could thus reducing the amount of alcohol consumed which results in less illnesses and injuries.
But will it really help ?
What about the pensioners who can afford it how ill this stop them from cutting down on alcohol. Also for the pensioners who don’t have as much what if they spend the more money on alcohol rather than on things that they need, which could lead to another sort of illness. I have doubt in my mind that their will be older people out their that will carry on drinking after the minimum price because they will make up the extra money to afford it.