Drink ‘drug of choice’ for over-40s

ALCOHOL ADDICTION: Rising number of people over-40 seeking help for alcohol dependency.
ALCOHOL ADDICTION: Rising number of people over-40 seeking help for alcohol dependency. Elaine Thompson

THE number of Australians over 40 years old seeking help for alcohol addiction is rising. At the same time fewer younger people are being treated for alcohol problems.

A report on alcohol and drug treatments from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare was released on Friday.

It found that one in every 200 Australians sought help, mainly counselling, for drug and alcohol problems in 2013-14.

It also showed those aged over 40 getting treatment for alcohol problems rose from 30% to 33% in the past five years, while those aged 20 to 29-years-old fell from 29% to 27%.

Institute spokesman, Geoff Neideck said the data highlighted an "aging cohort", showing alcohol was a more common "drug of choice" for older people.

Some two thirds of the 122,000 people treated for drug and alcohol problems in 2013-14 were men.

Topics:  addiction alcohol drugs health

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