Alcohol abuse in the elderly: Review of epidemiology research and treatment

Sabina Widner, Amos Zeichner

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Concern for the physical and mental health of the elderly is growing, in part, due to the fact that the Nation's population is aging. Geriatric alcohol use and abuse and alcohol treatment programs for the elderly are relatively new and pertinent research efforts are gaining increased attention. Although alcohol use typically declines with age, research suggests the existence of a sizable segment of problem drinkers among the elderly. To date, the paucity of well controlled research of this problem appears associated with difficulty to identify elder problem drinkers for reasons such as underrerorting of true alcohol consumption, isolation of the elder from social contacts, and due to inadequate screening instruments de- signed to diagnose the elderly alcohol abuser. Current trends suggest that alcohol consumption of the elderly will continue to grow in the future and will present a major concern for the professional in the assessment and treatment of the elderly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-18
Number of pages16
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 15 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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