Alcohol abuse among older adults and the elderly

Raymond L. Ownby, Barbara J. Mason, Carl Eisdorfer

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Alcohol-related problems in older adults and the elderly are frequently unrecognized or inadequately treated. The authors review the prevalence of alcohol abuse and dependence in these groups and discuss the negative impact alcohol use problems can have on the physical and mental health of these individuals. They discuss reasons why alcohol problems are frequently underdiagnosed in older patients, particularly older women, and describe techniques for improving diagnostic accuracy. The authors then describe what they have found to be the most effective psychosocial and psychopharmacologic treatments for alcohol abuse and dependence in older adults and the elderly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-222
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Practical Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol abuse
  • Alcohol dependence
  • Elderly
  • Naltrexone
  • Pharmacological treatment
  • Psychosocial treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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