Aging and Alcohol Problems

Opportunities for Socioepidemiological Research
  • Richard L. Douglass


The social dynamics and epidemiological factors of alcoholism among old people are among the most important areas for research as the population of the United States ages and the reported incidence of alcoholism among the elderly increases. Little research has been conducted, however, that would provide an empirical basis for the development of interventions, policies, or programs designed to deal with the growing problem. This chapter reviews the current state of knowledge regarding published research in the area of aging and alcoholism and proposes areas in which research is badly needed. In addition, the results of the 1981 White House Conference on Aging that deal with alcoholism are reviewed in support of the proposed research initiatives.


Alcohol Consumption Nursing Home Alcohol Problem Problem Drinker Drinking Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard L. Douglass
    • 1
  1. 1.Jewish Home for AgedInstitute on AgingDetroitUSA

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