The drinking generations: alcohol and the over-fifties
Risky drinking – in decline among young people – is a growing problem among those in their fifties, sixties and seventies. The good news is that older people respond well to intervention
When you think about a problem drinker, the image that comes to mind probably isn’t Tom or Barbara from The Good Life – or indeed their snobbish neighbours Margo and Jerry.
But the Goods and the Leadbetters were constantly reaching for the gin and tonic or heading to the pub for a pint, and who could forget the Christmas 1977 episode where all four got sloshed on home-made peapod burgundy?
Even today, it’s hilarious – but the health impact of the 1970s' relaxed attitude to alcohol, exemplified by The Good Life, is far from funny. Adults who liked...
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