Young people usually get the blame for binge drinking, but Australian health experts say it’s their parents and grandparents who are abusing drugs and alcohol at an alarming rate.
In the UK and Australia, binge drinking is on the decline among all age groups — except those over the age of 40.
Researchers from the South London Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Flinders University in Adelaide are calling for a coordinated global approach to boozing boomers.
“Alcohol misuse in the older population may increase further as baby boomers get older because of their more liberal views towards, and higher use of, alcohol,” the researchers wrote in the British Medical Journal.
However, scientists found baby boomers were not just hitting the bottle harder than their children.