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By Tim Sandle     Oct 15, 2012 in Health
Individuals in the baby boomer generation, who drink excessive quantities of alcohol, are proving a large burden for the health services, according to a report issued by a charity.
According to new research from the charity Alcohol Concern, people aged between 55 and 74 are costing U.K. health services heavily in terms of money and resources. This is in relation to alcohol related issues. The Times notes that these issues relate to treatment for conditions such as liver disease and alcohol-related heart disease and cancers.
According to the BBC, the research has shown that individuals in the so-termed ‘baby boomer’ age bracket are over ten times more likely than those aged between 16 and 24 to require alcohol treatment as a consequence of consumption.
Furthermore, the study revealed inpatient costs regarding baby boomers is more than the combined expense of similar costs for 16 to 24-year-olds and all alcohol-related accident and emergency outlay.
Eric Appleby, chief executive of Alcohol Concern, noted the increasing cost of alcohol misuse is often blamed on the younger generations - but these findings suggest this is not the case.
Appleby stated: "It is the middle-aged and often middle class drinker, regularly drinking above recommended limits, who are actually requiring complex and expensive NHS care."
The issue is likely to generate a policy review by the British Government.
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