Alcoholic Drinks: Older People

Department of Health written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Lord Chadlington Lord Chadlington Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to measures to help older generations in England cut down alcohol consumption.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Local authorities (LAs) are responsible for commissioning effective drug and alcohol prevention and treatment services based on an assessment of local need. Public Health England supports LAs in this work, by providing bespoke data, value for money tools, topical briefings, and advice on good practice to help LAs meet the needs of their local population, including older people. In addition, the UK Chief Medical Officers have produced new low risk drinking guidelines which provide the public with the latest information about the health risks of different levels and patterns of drinking. The guidelines enable people to make informed choices about their drinking. The UK Chief Medical Officers’ Low Risk Drinking Guidelines are attached.

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