Experts warn of displacement for older Australians overindulging on alcohol and illicit drugs

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This afternoon three experts from the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction at Flinders University presented its report on changing trends and displacement levels of alcohol consumption and illicit drug use for older Australians.

Presented at the Public Health Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide, the report titled Booze and Baby Boomers: the new risk group raises concerns that risky consumption among older Australians across three different age demographics (50-59, 60-69 and 70+) was being largely overlooked by health care professionals, policy makers, and carers.

They say that tailored strategies need to be outlined so to identify the indicators of alcohol-related problems and risk perceptions for their older clients, whilst providing age-appropriate responses and guidelines.

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