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  1. ~lostgurl~

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    Middle-Aged Men Drinking To Death

    08/11/2006
    Peter Griffiths
    Reuters

    The number of middle-aged men drinking themselves to death has more than doubled since 1991, according to official figures released on Tuesday.

    Men aged between 35 and 54 have suffered the biggest rise in alcohol-related deaths, the Office for National Statistics said.

    Deaths among women in the same age group also nearly doubled, fuelling concerns over binge-drinking and rising alcohol consumption in Britain.

    Campaigners said the link between people drinking more and the rise in alcohol-related deaths was established more than 50 years ago.

    "Tragic as they are, these figures are hardly a surprise," said Frank Soodeen, a spokesman for the charity Alcohol Concern.

    "Binge drinkers should take especial note of the rise in the number of people aged between 35 and 54 who are now dying."

    The number of alcohol-related deaths last year stood at 8,386, compared to 4,144 in 1991.

    Death rates among middle-aged men more than doubled to 30 per 100,000 of the population. The highest rate of deaths among men and women was seen in the 55 to 74 age bracket.

    "Binge-Drinking Culture"

    The Liberal Democrat party said the government had "failed miserably" to deal with alcohol abuse.

    "Ministers have done very little to tackle the root causes of our binge-drinking culture," said Shadow Health Secretary Steve Webb. "Public health budgets are being raided across the country to plug spiraling deficits."

    The Department of Health said it was spending more to promote sensible drinking and was working with the drinks industry to stamp out alcohol abuse.

    "We are concerned about the number of alcohol-related deaths and are committed to tackling this problem," a spokesman said.

    Last year's changes in the law to allow pubs to open longer were criticized as an invitation for people to drink more.

    The government rejected the claims, saying the changes would encourage sensible drinking. Alcohol is linked to a range of diseases, from liver damage and cancer to strokes and high blood pressure.


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  2. zera

    zera Gold Member

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    Swim's a binge drinking college student who pretty much associates with other binge drinking college students, but the biggest drunks swim's ever seen were a group of transmission salesmen in Texas that were all in their 40s and 50s. Jesus these guys were drunk at like 10 am, one guy practically fell off a cliff and didn't even remember when swim asked him about it 2 hours later.
     
  3. wildbeast

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    Hmmm, I wonder why the use of the "Swim" title is so common in a legal intoxicant forum...

    At any rate: Swim now wonders why the heck he had so much trouble quiting drinking twenty five years ago. It's like no brainer (pun intended).

    There is no way I would ever even consider excessive drinking at the present time.

    But then swim can't make himself 22 y/o again either.
     
  4. zera

    zera Gold Member

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    In the land of the free consumption of alcohol is illegal for those under 21, if you would look at my age you would notice that had I consumed alcohol that would be doing something against the law. Since I have never broken the law I cannot talk about my experiences with alcohol. That swim fellow on the other hand...
     
  5. wildbeast

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    OK man these be some restrictive times!!!

    How naive I must appear...

    When i turned 18 (1973) the Commonwealth of Massachusetts had JUST LOWERED the legal drinking age to eighteen.

    Took me a full year to realize the significance of that fact. But between the ages of 19 and 28 I was one hardened lush. And then quit totally for nine years straight and remain a one beer a nite daddy these days with no problem at all.

    Did we 70's kids ruin it for everyone else? Probably not. It's just that a whole horde of legal questions came in.

    Like while at the Univ. of Massachusetts in 1974 they LEGALLY sold beer on campus. It was a common thing to see it served at outdoor recreational activities sponsored by the school. Our "Bluewall" cafe served more beer on a Saturady nite than anywhere in New England.

    But with the legal and insurance problems associated with alcohol consumption by minors most states changed the legal age back up to 21.

    However it was fun while it lasted.