Booze risk grows
More older Australians are drinking at ‘‘risky levels’’ as the Baby Boomer generation ages, according to Australian researchers. Flinders University researchers found that while the percentage increase is small, it means an extra 400 000 people over 50 are drinking at potentially problematic levels. Between 2004 and 2016, the proportion of risky drinkers increased from 13.4 to 13.5 per cent, and the proportion of high-risk drinkers increased from 2.1 to 3.1 per cent. The Flinders University research study results were published online yesterday by the Medical Journal of Australia.