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On the 2nd November 2015, ILC-UK held a panel discussion to launch the Drink Wise, Age Well programme.
The event brought together important stakeholders to discuss the growing problem of alcohol misuse in the over 50s population of the UK. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Drink Wise, Age Well brings together 6 strategic partners; Addaction, the Royal Voluntary Service, International Longevity Centre UK, Drugs and Alcohol Charities Wales, Addiction Northern Ireland and the University of Bedfordshire.
With at least 20% of over 50s in the UK exceeding recommended alcohol units, and alcohol related harms significantly increasing in this age group, Drink Wise, Age Well will aim to create a healthier relationship with alcohol for the overs 50s population through a preventative approach.
As part of our programme evaluation we have recently carried out a survey of drinking behaviour in people aged 50 and over which more than 17,000 people completed.
Joining our panel to discuss this important and growing issue were:
- Simon Antrobus, CEO, Addaction (Chair)
- Don Lavoie, Alcohol Programme Manager, Alcohol Team, Public Health England
- Dr Sarah Wadd, Director, Substance misuse and Ageing Research Team at the Tilda Goldberg Centre, University of Bedfordshire
- Professor José Iparraguirre, Chief Economist, Age UK
- Dr Kieran Moriarty, Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Bolton NHS FT