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Alcoholism a Growing Problem among Older Icelanders

Chairman and chief medical director of the National Center for Addiction Medicine (SÁÁ) Thórarinn Tyrfingsson said alcoholism is a slowly growing health problem among people aged 55 and older in Iceland and in the other Nordic countries.

“People can be subject to trauma, lose their jobs, have accidents, get diseases,” Tyrfingsson told 24 Stundir, explaining that alcoholism is an increasing problem among people who have such experiences, especially if they are 55 and older.

According to Tyrfingsson, this problem is co-Nordic because countries like Norway, Sweden and Iceland are all adopting the drinking habits of central Europe.

“We drink more alcohol, like with food in the evenings and more often during the week,” Tyrfingsson said, emphasizing that increased risk of alcoholism follows increased alcohol consumption.

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