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Letters Alcohol in older adults

New thinking on alcohol related harm in older adults

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 28 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5112
  1. Rahul (Tony) Rao, consultant old age psychiatrist and visiting lecturer
  1. South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, Marina House, London SE5 8RS, UK
  1. tony.rao{at}

Stewart and McCambridge draw attention to the interplay between alcohol consumption and multimorbidity in older people.1 Although the NHS long term plan missed the opportunity to tackle the rising number of older people experiencing alcohol related harm (the sharpest rise over the past 15 years),2 much progress has been made in prevention.

As a frontline clinician, I …

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