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Australas J Ageing. 2014 Sep;33(3):185-92. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12048. Epub 2013 Jun 5.

Alcohol consumption and tobacco smoking among community-dwelling older Australian men: the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project.

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  • 1Sansom Institute, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Abstract

AIM:

To describe the prevalence and correlates of alcohol consumption and tobacco smoking among older Australian men.

METHOD:

Self-reported alcohol and tobacco use was assessed among a random sample of community-dwelling men aged ≥70 years living in Sydney (n = 1705) from 2005 to 2007. Logistic regression was used to compute odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for factors associated with alcohol and tobacco use.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of heavy/excessive drinking was 19.2%, daily drinking 33.7%, and binge drinking 14.1%. Daily drinking was associated with chronic pain (OR = 1.38, 95% CI: 1.07-1.78). Binge drinking was associated with anxiety (OR = 1.93, 95% CI: 1.05-3.54) and being widowed (OR = 1.74, 95% CI: 1.11-2.73). Six per cent of men were current smokers and 56.7% were former smokers. Former smoking was associated with polypharmacy (OR = 1.47, 95% CI: 1.14-1.91) and each additional comorbid condition (OR = 1.11, 95% CI: 1.03-1.19).

CONCLUSIONS:

Nearly one-fifth of older men drank heavily or excessively. This highlights the need for public health initiatives to reduce alcohol consumption in older people.

© 2013 The Authors. Australasian Journal on Ageing © 2013 ACOTA.

KEYWORDS:

aged; alcohol drinking; binge drinking; men; smoking

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