Joan Bakewell, 86, refuses to condemn elderly drinkers

‘Don’t deny oldies a tipple – we deserve it’: Joan Bakewell, 86, refuses to condemn elderly drinkers after being asked to present a BBC show on topic

  • Dame Joan, 86, said it was a ‘depressing world’ and older people ‘need a reward’
  • Claims she was asked to present BBC show about old people drinking too much
  • As part of the show she agreed to record every drink she had for a month – But footage was alter edited and she was told she was ‘well over’ limit

Joan Bakewell has said she refuses to condemn elderly people who drink – because getting old is ‘bad enough’.

Dame Joan, 86, said it was a ‘depressing world’ and older people ‘need a reward’ which is something that has ‘fallen away’.

The broadcaster revealed she was asked to present a BBC programme about older people drinking too much. But, she told the Hay Festival, she agreed on the understanding she would not condemn older people who drank.

Joan Bakewell has said she refuses to condemn elderly people who drink – because getting old is ‘bad enough’. The broadcaster revealed she was asked to present a BBC programme about older people drinking too much

The Labour peer explained: ‘I was invited to do a Panorama programme about the fact older people were drinking too much, would I present it? I said I would on one condition – that I would not condemn people who were old who drank alcohol.

‘I said, “it’s bad enough getting old, it’s a depressing world, we need a reward, rewards have fallen away and socialising, alcohol is part of socialising”.’

Dame Joan said that as part of the deal she agreed to record every drink she had for a month. ‘I went along to various parties and receptions, book launches with this little camera,’ she said, adding that after the footage was edited she was informed she was ‘well over the limit’.

The NHS advises drinking no more than 14 units a week – about one-and-a-half bottles of wine.

The NHS advises drinking no more than 14 units a week – about one-and-a-half bottles of wine

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