Yesterday the media gave some coverage to a new report by Public Health England detailing the numbers of people in alcohol treatment. In particular they picked up on the fact that increasing numbers of women over 60 are in treatment than were five years ago, compared with women under 29 where less are in treatment. The same also holds true for men, but with slightly smaller fluctuations.
If you read my blog regularly you’ll know I get fed up with media stories about young people binge drinking. That’s not to say there aren’t alcohol problems in young people, because there are. However, there are problems in older people too, and these are rarely reported, which is why it was good to see so much interest in the figures. I did seven media interviews yesterday alone on this topic, which gives some indication of the prominence it received, although most of these were in the morning/early afternoon, and by the evening, the story had dropped off the headlines and the websites. However, something does remain: for a taster, only a couple of minutes long, listen here to my interview with Sarah Montague on Radio 4’s Today