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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.



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


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.


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).


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.


aged; alcohol drinking; binge drinking; men; smoking

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