Alcohol and other drug use disorders among older-aged people

Lynskey, M. T., Day, C. and Hall, W. D. (2003) Alcohol and other drug use disorders among older-aged people. Drug and Alcohol Review, 22 2: 125-133.


Author Lynskey, M. T.
Day, C.
Hall, W. D.
Title Alcohol and other drug use disorders among older-aged people
Journal name Drug and Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-5236
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09595230100100552
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 125
End page 133
Total pages 9
Place of publication Harts, UK
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc.
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
380103 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
730205 Substance abuse
170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
Abstract In Australia people aged 65 years or older currently comprise 12.1% of the population. This has been estimated to rise to 24.2% by 2051. Until recently there has been relatively little research on alcohol and other drug use disorders among these individuals but, given the ageing population, this issue is likely to become of increasing importance and prominence. Epidemiological research shows a strong age-related decline in the prevalence of alcohol and other drug use disorders with age. Possible reasons for this include: age-related declines in the use and misuse of alcohol and other drugs; increased mortality among those with a lifetime history of alcohol and other drug use disorders; historical differences in exposure to and use of alcohol and other drugs. Despite the age-related decline in the prevalence of these disorders, they do still occur among those aged 65 years or older and, given historical changes in exposure to and use of illicit drugs, it likely that the prevalence of these disorders among older-aged individuals will rise. Specific issues faced by older-aged individuals with alcohol and other drug use problems are discussed. These include: interactions with prescribed medications, under-recognition and treatment of alcohol and drug problems, unintentional injury and social isolation. Finally, a brief discussion of treatment issues is provided.
Keyword Substance Abuse
Ageing
Drug And Alcohol Dependence
Prevalence
Trends
Treatment
Psychiatric-disorders
Substance-abuse
12-month Prevalence
National-survey
Elderly People
Cohort Trends
Mental-health
Australia
Drinking
Adults
Q-Index Code C1

 
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