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The Relation Between Frequency of Binge Drinking and Psychological Distress Among Older Adult Drinkers (Journal of Aging and Health)

Publication Topics

California Health Interview Survey; 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2009); Adult; Elderly; Mental and Emotional Health

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CHIS Journal Article

Publication Date

2013-08-29T07:00:00Z

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Abstract

​Older adults who drink heavily -– up to five alcoholic beverages in one sitting -– are significantly more likely to report psychological distress than their non-drinking counterparts, according to a study in the Journal of Aging and Health.

Using data from the 2009 California Health Interview Survey, researchers from the University of Alabama's department of psychology and Center for Mental Health and Aging found that adults age 60 or older who "binge" drank at least once a month, weekly or daily reported higher levels of psychological distress compared with non-binge drinkers. The most common frequency of binge drinking was more than once a year but less than monthly.
 
The number of substance-dependent and abusing adults age 50 and older may rise to 4.4 million in 2020, from 1.7 million in 2001. Alcohol is the primary substance of abuse reported among older adults and at least 54% of Americans who binge drink at least once a week are alcohol dependent. The findings highlight the need to adopt binge-drinking interventions for older individuals as a regular practice, the authors note.

 

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