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People In Their Fourties Are More Likely To Abuse Drink And Drugs!

People in their 40s are the most likely to be admitted to hospital after abusing drink or drugs, a new report has revealed.

More than half a million people were admitted to hospital as an emergency in the last three years with health problems related to drink or drug use, health performance experts said.

Of the 533,302 admitted since 2010, more than 120,000 were in their 40s.

Of those, 60,738 were 40 to 44, the Guardian said, while 60,083 were between 45 and 49.

Almost one in five people in their 40s admitted to hospital in 2012/13 were classed by the NHS as ‘emergency admissions due to a known drug/alcohol issue’, the report said.

The news comes just days after the Health and social Care Information Centre revealed that official figures showed alcohol-related hospital admissions among those aged 45 and over have more than doubled in the last ten years.

The figures also revealed alcohol-related hospital admissions among those in their 60s have almost tripled.

In contrast, the increase was much lower among younger adults.

The data shows that in 2012/13, a total of 26,209 men and 12,461 women aged 45 to 49 ended up in hospital due to alcohol.

This was the highest total for any five-year age group.

But the statistics reveal that the greatest increase in hospital treatment for alcohol problems over the past decade was among those in their 60s.

During that period there was a 178 per cent rise in admissions of men aged 65 to 69 and a 177 per cent increase in admissions for women aged 60 to 64.

Admissions more than doubled for every age group over 45.

Experts said this was the cumulative effect of life-long drinking by the baby-boomer generation who felt liberated from societal constraints in the 1960s and 1970s.


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