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Prevalance, risk factors, and treatments for substance abuse in older adults

Christensen, Helen; Low, Lee-Fay; Anstey, Kaarin


PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This paper briefly outlines new research on the epidemiology of alcohol and drug use in the older population, describes mental and cognitive consequences of substance use and summarizes recent treatment trials for alcohol dependence. RECENT FINDINGS: Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies indicate that alcohol use is less prevalent in older groups, and it decreases over time. Comorbidity (alcohol and other drugs, alcohol with mental health disorders) is high. An...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Opinion In Psychiatry
DOI: 10.1097/01.yco.0000245743.60631.4a


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