An analysis out of the University College London and published in BMC Medicine has revealed that frequent alcohol consumption is more likely to occur in middle-aged or older adults. The study looked at an incredible sample size of almost 60,000 men and 175,000 women, following them over the course of their lives. While the “average amount of alcohol consumed” (meaning a high consumption, but over a wider period of time) peaked during adolescence, daily drinking frequency was most common in middle and older-aged men. In order to address the massive issue of alcohol abuse around the world, gaining understanding of at-risk populations is critical. This study will provide necessary information and help to develop initiatives addressing these challenges.

Lead author Dr. Britton explains more:

“We have shown that people change the way they consume alcohol as they age, and as such, studies reliant on a single measure of alcohol intake are likely to be biased. It is essential that the dynamic nature of exposure to alcohol over the life span is incorporated into the estimates of harm.”

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