Kiwis over 50 might have a drinking problem - study

Weekend Life 23/09/2018
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There can be a common misconception that risky drinking is only affecting young people, but new research shows that close to 40 percent of New Zealanders aged over 50 might be boozing hazardously.

Massey University’s research co-leader Dr Andy Towers joined RadioLIVE’s Trudi Nelson to discuss just how addictive alcohol can be and why New Zealanders are drinking more than they should.

A survey of over 4,000 Kiwi men and women, rich and poor, and from different backgrounds, was conducted by Massey University.

The research found that four out of five of those surveyed consume alcohol, with more than 15 drinks a week for men and more than 10 for woman on average.

Alcohol is a drug like heroin.

At a global level, Dr Towers says New Zealanders are drinking too much, and contain some of the heaviest drinkers in the world.

The research shows men are much more at risk than woman.

Dr Towers explains it’s difficult to say what amount of alcohol is safe or not - it depends on how much is consumed.

Listen to the interview with Andy Towers above.

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