PUBLIC HEALTH AND MANAGEMENT DRINKING PATTERNS IN THE ELDERLY ROMANIAN POPULATION-PREVALENCE AND CHARACTERISTICS

Alina Stanca, Eugenia-Claudia Bratu, Dana Galieta Mincă
2017 unpublished
Confronted with demographic ageing, the cross-sectional study was designed to estimate the characteristics of alcohol use among older Romanians. Based on a sample of 107 people aged 65+, data regarding alcohol use, socio-demographic and clinical characteristics were collected. 52.4% of the participants were current drinkers, 6.5% excessive drinkers, 14.95% binge drinkers and 13% had alcohol-related problems. Current drinking was mostly reported by non-hospitalized males lacking close social
more » ... ng close social contacts, but with smoking history and exposed to alcohol use and stressful life events. Harmful drinkers were mostly married males not living alone, exposed to alcohol use and having grown up alongside an alcoholic. Alcohol-related problems were mostly found among depressed male drinkers with family history of alcoholism. As alcohol use and misuse are encountered among aging Romanians at rates comparable to other countries, more awareness needs to be drawn onto this matter.
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