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Peter Boyle, Paolo Boffetta, Albert B. Lowenfels, Harry Burns, Otis Brawley, Witold Zatonski, and Jürgen Rehm

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655786.001.0001

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Alcohol use in the elderly

Alcohol use in the elderly

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(p.161) Chapter 18 Alcohol use in the elderly
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Alcohol
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Jennifer G. Plebani

David W. Oslin

Adam B. Lipson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655786.003.0018

This chapter discusses the patterns and prevalence of alcohol use among the elderly, and diagnosis and treatment options for those with alcohol use problems. Prevalence rates indicate that older adults have lower rates of problematic drinking than do younger individuals, and that there is an inverse relationship between age and alcohol consumption such that as age increases, alcohol use decreases. The current recommendations for alcohol treatment do not differ for older adults as compared to young and middle-aged individuals. Older adults have reduced body water and altered metabolism which impacts the absorption and pharmacokinetics of potential alcohol treatment medications such as benzodiazepines. As such, dosing becomes increasingly critical for older adults undergoing alcohol treatment.

Keywords:   alcohol consumption, alcohol abuse, alcoholism, older adults

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