The hidden generation of drinkers

People over 50 are using alcohol as a way of dealing with factors like divorce and bereavement. We need to show them they aren’t alone.

By Nye Jones, Editor and Features Writer at Addaction

Growing up in South Wales, alcohol has always played a part in Vince’s life. Initially it was a supporting role, drinking when going out in Cardiff on a Saturday night or a couple of beers to unwind after working long shifts as an Aerospace technician. But after suffering a traumatic knee injury playing rugby, alcohol started to take centre stage. Despite having two operations in the early noughties his knee continued to give way when working long shifts, with the pain getting worse. It was at this point the “dynamic changed from social drinking to having a drink to deal with the pain”.

Eventually in his early 50s Vince left his job and faced with long lonely days at home, his alcohol use increased. “It was mainly drinking at home, having a drink at lunchtime to get through the afternoon and then drinking in the evening to numb the pain”.

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