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The Elderly Alcoholic: Some Diagnostic Problems and Considerations

  • W. Gibson Wood

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to discuss some of the problems associated with the diagnosis of alcoholism2 in the elderly. This is an area that has received little attention both clinically and with regard to research. Thus, there are no easy answers for the clinician who must identify and treat the elderly alcoholic. Thus, this chapter is designed to increase the clinicians awareness of the problem and to point to some of the specific issues associated with alcoholism in the elderly.

Keywords

Drinking Problem Psychopathic Trait Chronic Alcoholism Excessive Drinking Central Pontine Myelinolysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Gibson Wood
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and All-University Gerontology CenterSyracuse UniversityUSA

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