I can’t wait to be retired. I haven’t even got to my depressing mid-life crisis yet, and I’m already keen to put the stresses of the world behind me and play approximately 36 games of golf every week.
While having no responsibilities until the end of time does sound rather appealing, it’s no doubt get rather boring having done the same activities day in day out. And what do people do when they’re bored? Drugs. Lots and lots of drugs.
So it’s not really surprising that health experts are saying that binge drinking in groups over the age of 40 is on the rise.
Researchers from the South London Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Flinders University in Adelaide reckon it’s time that we all band together for a coordinated global approach on booze-loving baby boomers.
“Alcohol misuse in the older population may increase further as baby boomers get older because of their more liberal views towards, and higher use of, alcohol,” the researchers wrote in the British Medical Journal.
Although, it’s not just alcohol that boomers are getting a slap on the wrist for.
“In Australia, the largest percentage increase in drug misuse between 2013 and 2016 was among people aged 60 and over, with this age group mainly misusing prescription drugs,” they said.
The researchers also believe that Australian’s over 50 have higher rates of illicit drug use, and the level of weed use amongst that age group is also startling high.
Ah well, who can blame them? If I had to deal with things like mortgages, Christmas bonuses and whether I’d be able to get another jet ski this year, I’d be punching cones too.
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