Study suggests the best time to give elderly alcohol advice

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

Results from the survey of 188 volunteers in Perth, aged between 60 and 89, suggest that the best time to raise the issue of alcohol intake is when prescribing medication, the authors say.

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