Baby-boomers are likely to have higher levels of alcohol consumption than previous cohorts of older people, placing health & social care services under increasing pressure.
Previous research has identified different patterns of alcohol consumption in the British population. It is proposed that significant differences in alcohol consumption, related problems, and dependence will be accounted for by stressful life events.
This pilot was undertaken by Gloucestershire Community Research Unit, where local figures highlight that alcohol users take an average of twelve years longer to access treatment from their first use of alcohol versus drug users. This suggests that problem alcohol users experience a set of treatment barriers that are specific to alcohol use. Research exploring the treatment pathway for alcohol users has recognised that multiple factors are at play, including social influence, personal attitudes, psychological influences and treatment-specific factors.
Accurate information about alcohol consumption is needed in order to monitor trends, and to understand the role that consumption plays in relation to working life and to health. However, drinking is under-reported in general population surveys, because reported drinking accounts for only 40 to 60% of alcohol sales.