Older Norwegians are drinking alcohol more often, according to SSB figures

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Despite the fact that older people tolerate alcohol worse than younger people, the number of Norwegians over the age of 67 who drink alcohol at least once a week increased in 2021.

Among Norwegians over the age of 45, 43% drink alcohol once a week or more often. The proportion has increased from 40% in 2020, P4 writes, based on Statistics Norway figures.

For the age group over 67, the proportion of those who drink alcohol once a week or more often is 40%, up from 38% in 2020.

“Many older people do not know that the older you get, the more dangerous alcohol becomes for the body,” professor and senior researcher Jørgen Bramnes at the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) warned on Friday.

He noted that the FHI previously saw a dramatic decline in alcohol consumption from the age of 60 but that the trend has disappeared. 

He added that “a good percentage” of health problems and also deaths among the elderly can be attributed to alcohol use.

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