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Alcohol use and misuse in older adults

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 May 1999


Lawrence Schonfeld
Affiliation:
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA
Larry W Dupree
Affiliation:
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Abstract

Alcohol misuse among older people has now been investigated for over 30 years. Schonfeld and Dupree previously described studies of alcohol use and abuse in the USA and UK, categories of older problem drinkers, age-inappropriate assessments, and examples of age-specific treatment. This review addresses more recent studies on drinking behaviour across several countries, screening assessment for older adults, alcohol problems in primary care medical settings, current age-specific treatment programmes, and treatment recommendations by expert panels, as well as in-home detoxification and use of the medication naltrexone as adjuncts to treatment.


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