This article appeared in the news today. Greg would certainly have been one of those listed in the 2010 statistics. Having been a light social drinker most of his life, he suddenly took to drinking in an excessive way literally once he hit the age of 55 and took early retirement on health grounds (ailments that had nothing to do with drinking at that stage). I still ponder about why he took up drinking and why so excessively, but have to put depression over quitting a very stressful but extremely dynamic job high up on the list. Nothing he did after that (particularly because his health prevented him) came close to the excitement his job had given him. I guess for a lot of over-55 year olds that may well be a key factor for taking to the bottle... the feeling of no longer being useful to society....as well as a dawning resignation of changes not necessarily for the better in life/marriage/health and the outlook of being on a downhill slope.
It's knowing when to keep to the advised drinking guidelines, though, that can be the difference between life and death. In Greg's case, addiction took hold and he was dead by the age of 60. He'll be in one of those statistics somewhere too.