LETTER: Nanny state should not tell pensioners what they should drink

EVERY stage of life has its advantages and disadvantages, but I fear old age has more of the latter.

There are compensations, of course – grandchildren, not having to get up early for work and not being bullied into doing things one doesn’t want to do.

Oh just hang on a minute, I’d forgotten about the all-pervasive nanny state which we now inhabit. And the latest directive for the over-65s: drink no more than half a pint of beer or a small glass of wine a day.

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If pensioners want to sit at home having a couple of tots or cans or even drink themselves under their table, that’s up to them.

And going to the pub to see friends and have a couple of pints, heck even three or four, is one of the few pleasures many pensioners look forward to.

Being sociable is recommended for mental well-being and someone who has made it to their mid-60s and beyond is more than entitled to enjoy themselves how they want, be it with a cup of tea or a glass of bitter.

They have seen enough of their freedoms eroded over their lifetime without redress. Leave them alone to enjoy themselves as they choose while they still can.