This book provides a current perspective on alcohol and aging to better understand the trends, costs, benefits, and clinical and community evidenced-based strategies. This book embraces not only the physical, cognitive, psychological, and social health benefits of moderate drinking in the elderly, it also delves into the risks of excessive drinking, including physical and psychiatric morbidity, neurodegeneration, medication complications, and accidents and injuries, and loss of independence. Written by experts in the field, this book is the only current text that includes the most current scientific, research, empirical, and practice information alongside a comprehensive review of the status of the field that will help guide alcohol use management and stimulate future research.
Alcohol and Aging is the ultimate resource for all researchers, educators, clinicians, and professionals working with older adults who drink.
I. Introduction 1. Thinking Behind Alcohol Consumption in Old Age: Psychological and Sociological Reasons for Drinking in Old AgeCatherine Haighton II. Epidemiological Perspectives of Alcohol and Aging 2. Understanding Alcohol Consumption Patterns among Older Adults: Continuity and ChangePaul Sacco 3. Alcohol Use and Comorbid Psychiatric and Sub-Syndromal Disorders among Older AdultsAlexis Kuerbis, Rachel Chernick and Daniel S. Gardner III. Alcohol Effects on Healthy Aging 4. Alcohol Consumption and Cardiovascular Disease in Aging PopulationsEdmond K. Kabagambe and Kenneth Mukamal 5. Cancer, Alcohol and AgingChristine L. Savage, Deborah S. Finnell and Amanda Choflet 6. Alcohol and CognitionBrian Downer and Julie B. Boron 7. Alcohol, Injury and AgingNamkee G. Choi, Diana M. DiNitto, C. Nathan Marti and Bryan Y. Choi 8. Medications, Alcohol and AgingPatricia W. Slattum and Omar E. Hassan 9. The Intersection of Elder Abuse and Alcohol MisusePamela B. Teaster and Nancy Brossoie 10. Social and Familial Contexts for Drinking among Older AdultsRachel Chernick and Alexis Kuerbis IV. Clinical Issues of Alcohol and Aging 11. Screening and Assessment of Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Older AdultsAlison A. Moore, Alexis Kuerbis, Paul Sacco, Grace I. Chen and Maristela B. Garcia 12. Treatment of Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Older AdultsDavid W. Oslin and Faika Zanjani 13. Self-Medication with Alcohol: Aging IssuesSarah L. Canham and Pia M. Mauro 14. Adapting SBIRT for Older AdultsLarry Schonfeld 15. Long-term Care and Alcohol Use Nicholas Castle, Mary Lindsey Smith and David G. Wolf 16. Drinking, Aging and Global Public PolicyMarjana Martinic and Anna Sheveland V. Future Directions 17. Future Directions for Aging and AlcoholAlexis Kuerbis, Alison A. Moore, Paul Sacco and Faika Zanjani