College-age alcohol bingeing is leveling off in England, but chronic alcoholism among middle-aged and older people is a rapidly growing problem, according to National Health Service data.
Alcohol was responsible for 1.1 million hospital admissions in England in 2015 and 2016 – up a remarkable 64 percent over a decade earlier.
And older people accounted for the vast majority of admissions. Of the 1.1 million hospital stays, fully 900,000 involved people over age 45.
The largest categories were people in the 55-64 and 65-74 brackets, each of which accounted for more than 250,000 admissions. People over age 75 accounted for well over 200,000 admissions.