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Int J Addict. 1989 Jul;24(7):641-54.

Behavioral factors related to elderly alcohol abuse: research and policy issues.

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Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Parkside.


Although researchers have provided valuable descriptions of samples of older problem drinkers and have discussed possible causes of and treatments for alcohol abuse among the aged, important questions remain. Risk factors associated with the onset of alcohol abuse in later life have not yet been clearly identified. Practitioners and researchers serving this population in the future will require a comprehensive understanding of the characteristics and needs of older clients experiencing alcohol-related problems. This paper reviews the existing literature with regard to elderly alcohol abuse and outlines future directions for research activity.

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