Older people are to be given a government health warning about the increased risk of dementia as a result of drinking.
The stop drinking advice will be given to middle-aged patients during the regular ‘MOT’ visits to their GP.
The role played by alcohol in increasing the risk of dementia, frailty and disability in ageing has been highlighted by recent research.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is proposing that lifestyle advice should be included in NHS health checks to all patients aged between 40 and 74.
There is increasing medical evidence to suggest that even moderate drinking, within the current health guidelines, may be harmful to health.
NHS guidelines recommend men drink no more than three to four units daily and women only two or three.