London: A number of middle-aged people in Britain are driving to dinner parties so that they could excuse themselves from drinking, a study has revealed. A study conducted by the Medical Research Council, found that many middle-aged drinkers would invent excuses to cut down on their intake. Some middle-aged women admitted feeling so pressured into drink that they sometimes lied about dieting in order to avoid it, reported daily.

The study which examined drinking habits of a group of people aged between 35 to 50, found that they caused less social disruption when they were drunk than the younger generation. But they also felt it was quite difficult for them to say no to their peers even when they did not want to drink, it added. 

After questioning 36 people aged 35 to 50 from eight friendship groups in Scotland, scientists found that half of them were exceeding the recommended weekly limits of 21 units for men and 14 for women.

The research was published in the journal Sociology of Health and Illness.

A study from the Office for National Statistics found that the highest earning members of society put themselves at greater risk in their old age because they were unable to quantify what constituted heavy drinking.

A large glass of wine equates to around three units of alcohol.