Faculty Publications

Title

Alcohol use among older persons in a rural state

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Volume

10

Issue

6

First Page

750

Last Page

753

Abstract

Objective: Older individuals are vulnerable to adverse consequences from alcoholism; unfortunately, alcohol-related problems are often under-identified in this group. Methods: We characterized the demographic features of alcohol use among older adults (over age 65) in a statewide community survey. Results: Approximately 15% were at risk for alcoholism. As a group, the at-risk individuals were younger than the remaining sample. Twenty percent indicated that they had previously tried unsuccessfully to stop drinking, but only 10% had received any type of treatment. Conclusion: This low rate of treatment intervention implies a need for enhanced recognition of alcoholism among older adults in rural settings.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2002

DOI of published version

10.1097/00019442-200211000-00014

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