Leveraging Family Values to Decrease Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Aging Latino Day Laborers
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In one Los Angeles study, 20 % of day laborers reported excessive drinking. Older adults are more sensitive to alcohol’s effects, yet heavy drinking persists among Latinos until they are in their 60s. No interventions to reduce heavy drinking exist for aging day laborers. We recruited 14 day laborers aged 50 and older in Los Angeles. We identified their unhealthy alcohol use behaviors and comorbidities and conducted semi-structured interviews to understand their perceptions of unhealthy alcohol use. We found social disadvantages and conditions exacerbated by alcohol use, like depression. Participants were concerned with dying and premature aging, and reported that family could influence behavior change. An intervention should consider (1) integrating family values and (2) increasing knowledge about alcohol use and comorbidities. Further studies are needed to explore family influence on aging Latino day laborers.
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- 1. Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, 1731 E. 120th St., Building N, Los Angles, CA, 90059, USA
- 2. Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- 3. School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Corvallis, OR, USA
- 4. Cancer Prevention and Control Research, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- 5. Division of Geriatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- 7. Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California, Los Angeles, CA, USA