Late onset problem drinking in older adults

  title={Late onset problem drinking in older adults},
  author={Roland M. Atkinson},
  journal={International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry},
  • R. Atkinson
  • Published 1 April 1994
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
After the first descriptions of late onset alcoholism in the early 1970s, no systematic attention followed for more than a decade. In the past 10 years, however, that has changed, and this report seeks to summarize recently acquired knowledge about late onset problem drinking, including the author's own work on this phenomenon. The incidence of new alcoholism cases does decline with age but remains appreciable into the late sixties. Samples of ageing alcoholics in treatment show that as many as… 
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