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More elderly in London 'seek drink problem help'
There has been a sharp rise in the number of elderly people being treated for drinking problems in London, data suggests.BBC News: More elderly in London 'seek drink problem help'
Figures compiled for BBC Inside Out London by the NHS Information Centre reveal over the past 10 years, there has been a 163% increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions for the over 65s.
The rate is rising faster for the over 65s than any other age group in the UK, and only north-east England has a higher rate of these admissions than London.
Older people are much more likely to drink every day than those of other ages, according to an NHS study into alcohol use.
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Video: Elderly people with drinking problems
There has been a rise in the number of elderly people being treated for drinking problems in London, according to figures compiled for BBC Inside Out by the NHS Information Centre.BBC News: Rise in elderly people with drinking problems in London
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Two drink-free days a week needed
People should have at least two days a week completely clear of alcohol, a group of MPs says.BBC News: Two drink-free days a week needed, MPs' report says
It is one of the recommendations in a report by the Commons science and technology committee, which is calling for a review of all government guidelines on alcohol in the UK.
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Alcohol units guide
A report by a group of MPs has expressed concern that government guidelines on how much alcohol people should drink "appeared to endorse daily drinking".BBC News: Alcohol units guide
Here we show what the government recommends and what the units actually mean.
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Alcohol fact file
* More than 9 million people in England drink more than the recommended daily limit (Source: NHS UK).
* 20% of the population are risky drinkers, drinking more than the government guidance (Source: NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care).
* 90% of Great Britain respondents reported that they had heard of measuring alcohol in units.
There has been an increase from 54% in 1997 to 75% in 2009 in the percentage of people in GB who had heard of daily drinking limits (Source: NHS Information Centre Alcohol Report 2011).
* Over a million hospital admissions per year are currently caused by excessive drinking, with the total cost to the NHS expected to rise to £3.7Bn if no further action is taken to arrest this increase.
Hospital admissions for alcohol misuse stood at half a million in 2002 and have doubled, now costing the NHS £2.7Bn (Source: Alcohol Concern).
* Drinking a large glass (250ml) of 12% wine (3 units) every day if you're a woman, or two pints of 4% lager (4.6 units) if you're a man, can push you above the recommended daily limits.
* Men who regularly drink more than 2 pints of strong (5.2%) lager, which is more than six units, every day:
- are over three times more likely to get mouth cancer;
- could be three times more likely to have a stroke.
Women who regularly drink two large glasses of 13% wine (6.5 units) or more a day:
- are twice as likely to have high blood pressure;
- are 50% more likely to get breast cancer.
About 15,000 people in England die from alcohol-related causes each year.
About 32% of these deaths are from liver disease, 21% from cancer and 17% from cardiovascular illnesses, such as heart disease and strokes
These figures come from the NHS and Department of Health.
Background: MPs urge Government to review its drinking guidelines
Read the report of the Government's Select Committee on alcohol published in Janaury 2012.Parliament: Select Committee alcohol report
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