Seniors and the Consumption of Alcohol in Europe.

Seniors and the Consumption of Alcohol in Europe.

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Overall in France, in the United Kingdom and in Germany, seniors consume alcohol more often than younger people but in lower quantities.When then drink alcohol, they choose beer and wine over high-proof alcohol.

In the United Kingdom, binge-drinking is not common for the over 65s. 31% of men aged 45-64 and 25% of women of the same age fall for binge drinking against 12% of men aged 65 and over and 8% of women.

A majority of British people consume alcohol at least once a week, regardless of age or gender. The weekly consumption has gone down slightly between 2005 and 2017. From 66% for people aged 65 and over, down to 63% for men. It is also to be noted that people living alone are more often non-drinkers than people living with others for the older population.

Rate of people drinking alcohol at least once a week in UK

French Seniors drink more often than younger.

The habit of drinking alcohol every day is more frequent above 65 years of age than younger. This is also more of a male habit. 36% of men aged 65 to 75 in France drink alcohol on a daily basis, against 16% of women of the same age. Among the 18-25, only 3% of men and 1% of women drink alcohol daily.

On the other hand, the number of glasses of alcohol drunk at the last intoxication evolves little with age. Men aged 15-24 have drunk on average 12.9 glasses and those aged 55-75 11.8.  On the other hand, the type of alcohol drunk varies with age; more high-proof alcohol for the younger and wine for the older. Among women, the number of glasses of alcohol drunk at the last intoxication decreases with age. 8.6 on average for the 15-24-year-olds, against 5.5 among the 55-75. As for men, the consumption of high-proof alcohol is less significant for seniors.

Beer is the Favourite Alcoholic Beverage for Germans.

In Germany, the proportion of drinkers is high among the older population. Men drink more beer than wine, and women more wine. The consumption of cocktails decreases significantly with age while the consumption of high-proof alcohol decreases to a lesser extent.

In Germany, hazardous alcohol consumption remains stable at all ages. This concerns 20% of the 18-24-year-olds and 18% of the 65-75 for men and 13% of the 18-24-year-olds and 12% of the 65-75 for women.