Summer is here, kids have flown the nest, time for you to travel, lots of social gatherings, weddings, birthdays, barbecues or just kicking back with family and friends. Fun times celebrated with good food and a glass of wine or beer. Sound familiar? Hold that thought.
According to a recent British study of 9,000 participants if you fall into the 50's category, are successful, healthy, active, social and have accumulated $$$, are more affluent than other peers and you still drink alcohol then you may also run the risk of drinking too much of it. Researchers warned that 'harmful drinking is a 'middle class phenomenon' which may be a hidden health and social problem in otherwise successful older people'. Age UK's Chief Economist, Professor Jose Iparraguirre who did the research said, "Our analysis challenges popular perceptions of who is drinking too much. It suggests public health messaging is not reaching high income groups who are most at risk. Because this group is typically healthier than other parts of the older population, they might not realize that what they are doing is putting their health in danger".
Ahh..you may say..it's not me, it's those Brits BUT do yourself and your health a favor and if you are going to drink alcohol then double check your intake against the current NHS (National Health Services) weekly guidelines:
1. Men: drink no more that 21 units a week (roughly 10 pints of beer)
2. Women: are advised to stick to 14 units (around 7 glasses of wine).
3. The researchers defined harmful drinking as between 22-50 units a week for men and 15-35 weekly units for women.
4. Higher risk was quantified as 50 units for men and 35 for women.
The researchers also stated that this demographic, if they developed an alcohol related illness, tend to require the most complex and expensive health care due to the mental and physical problems caused by excess alcohol.
So peeps...enjoy your summer but do keep an eye on your alcohol intake. We want you back in OUR studio throwing weights above your head and not attending sessions on the top floor of our building!