Why pharmacists are well placed to give alcohol advice

Elderly people aren’t particularly interested in hearing about limiting their alcohol intake, unless it’s relevant to minimising interactions with their medication, a study has found.

And pharmacists are among the best placed health professionals to do this.

Results from the survey of 188 volunteers in Perth, aged between 60 and 89, suggest that one of the best times to raise issues is when medications are being dispensed.

While 90% of the respondents believe it’s appropriate for their GP to ask about alcohol use, only about a third of women and 40% of men are interested in receiving