Fears of a new generation of “Saga louts” who drink too much are unfounded according to a new survey carried out by Saga for The Daily Telegraph. The majority of over-50s do not worry about Government-recommended “safe drinking levels” but drink less than the maximum advised level anyway. Over a week, most said they downed an average of five glasses of wine, two pints of beer and two measures of spirits. Saga says that “unlike the youth of today” older people go for quality over quantity, preferring “a civilised Chablis to a loutish lager”. Only 1% admitted being regularly drunk, hung-over or ill through drinking during the previous month. But the charity Alcohol Concern insists older people are far less likely to seek or receive help for their drinking. The Daily Telegraph 27/09/08 page 12