11:05 02 January 2013
In a shocking discovery, a recent study has confirmed that middle-aged professional women are now drinking more compare to their teenage daughters; putting their health at risk.
Because of this, women who are 45-64 years old are becoming the biggest burden on the NHS because of alcohol-related conditions, which include cancer, liver disease, and stroke.
The shocking discovery has prompted calls for GPs to be more aggressive in giving advice to women belonging in this age group about the risk of drinking more than the limits set by the government. There are also suggestions to ask routine questions about how much alcohol these women consume on a daily basis.
Labour’s public health spokesman Diane Abbott, said: ‘The stresses and pressures facing women in middle-life are often overlooked, and a “drinking to forget” culture has taken hold. We must have far better advice and screening from GPs for women in this age group, who often do not show any obvious signs of problem drinking.
On the other hand, chief executive of the British Liver Trust, Andrew Langford, believes that putting labels on bottles and GP’s intervention would help. He said: ‘We need more aggressive labelling on bottles and GPs do have a part to play in asking the right questions about how much women are drinking.’
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