Title of Presentation Proposal

The Impact of Social Support and Relationships on Drinking Behaviors in Older Adults

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Research has begun to investigate alcohol use in older adults. This study examines how social support, including household composition and relationships with others, impacts alcohol use in older adults. Results suggest that older adults who have an adult child or relative at home drink less, and that living with a new person increases alcohol use. Additionally, older adults drink more when a friend or relative has been ill in the past year. Gender, relationship status, and ethnicity were also found to impact alcohol use. These findings show the importance of assessing for alcohol use in older adults.

Start Date

4-12-2013 4:00 PM

End Date

4-12-2013 4:50 PM

Location

Commons Area - 1st Floor

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The Impact of Social Support and Relationships on Drinking Behaviors in Older Adults

Commons Area - 1st Floor

Research has begun to investigate alcohol use in older adults. This study examines how social support, including household composition and relationships with others, impacts alcohol use in older adults. Results suggest that older adults who have an adult child or relative at home drink less, and that living with a new person increases alcohol use. Additionally, older adults drink more when a friend or relative has been ill in the past year. Gender, relationship status, and ethnicity were also found to impact alcohol use. These findings show the importance of assessing for alcohol use in older adults.