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More alcoholics over the age of 55

The number of people who are older than 55 and drink daily is increasing according to chief doctor Thórarinn Tyrfingsson at SÁÁ, the National Center of Addiction Medicine, Morgunbladid reported. [18.03.08]

If the sale of alcoholic beverages becomes allowed in supermarkets, Thórarinn is concerned that this would mostly affect older individuals. He is also naturally concerned about the young generation as addiction among them has grown considerably in the past ten years.

Drinking problems of older people are more serious than many would expect. “We see here, as has been pointed out in other parts of Europe, that older people increasingly seek help because of day drinking. This causes first and foremost shrunken intellect, memory loss and other side effects like weak liver, bad digestion and muscular disease. This is a huge health problem,” said Thórarinn.

The pressure on addiction center Vogur for rehabilitation services has never been as high as in the first months of this year and the foundation has been unable to cope with the numbers. Statistics show that 5.3 percent of the living population of Iceland has sought help at the addiction center.

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