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Alcohol misuse and risk factor for falls

A group of doctors have written to NICE to ask for alcohol misuse, which is a known risk factor for falls, to be included in its updated falls guidance.

Alcohol misuse in older individuals is common but can be missed both in primary and secondary care. There is a risk of adverse physical, cognitive, and psychological consequences. This includes an increased direct and indirect risk of falls and related physical injuries in older adults A group of doctors are now campaigning to have alcohol misuse included as a risk factor for falls in older individuals in the updated NICE guidelines on falls in older people, due in August 2024. Alcohol misuse is a significant problem in older individuals Alcohol misuse in older people has increased significantly in the past


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