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ERIC Number: ED265479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug-24
Pages: 19
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High Risk Situations for Elderly Alcohol Abusers.
Dupree, Larry W.; Schonfeld, Lawrence
The Gerontology Alcohol Project, a treatment/research program investigating the characteristics of the late-life onset elderly alcohol abuser, was used as a model for a new program which emphasized teaching the elderly abusers how to break down their personal drinking behavior chain and deal with the antecedents of drinking behavior, to use general problem solving skills, and to understand consequences of alcohol abuse. Physical health, mental health, social/family relationships, legal problems, and financial problems of the 67 program participants were also assessed for effects of alcohol abuse. The results from administration of the Drinking Profile revealed that most physical/medical problems were related to episodes of drinking, that the majority of abusers lived alone and had a small social network, and that few financial or legal problems relating to alcohol abuse were found. Antecedents of drinking behavior were markedly different for older abusers than younger abusers. Intrapersonal rather than interpersonal antecedents of alcohol abuse were common in the elderly. The elderly abuser's antecedent depressed mood was related to the drinking episode rather than to peer pressure or anger as in young abusers. Most younger abusers consumed alcohol in social settings but most elderly abusers drank liquor at home alone. Elderly alcohol abuse was found to be related to loneliness, lack of social contacts, age-related changes, and intermittent depression and did not cause major psychological/interpersonal impairment. Eight data tables are appended. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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