Problem Drinking and Depression in Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Health Conditions

Participants reported whether they currently had MCCs, problem drinking, symptoms associated with depression, and other social and health measures

Orion Mowbray; Tiffany Washington; Greg Purser; Jay O‘Shields

2016

Scholarcy highlights

  • Participants reported whether they currently had MCCs, problem drinking, symptoms associated with depression, and other social and health measures
  • Older adults with MCCs were no more likely to be problem drinkers than those with no MCCs, those with MCCs and depression were nearly five times as likely to experience problem drinking as older adults with MCCs and no depression
  • Implementing screening and assessment in medical care settings for problem drinking and improving self-management interventions to include consequences of alcohol use components are critical avenues for reducing healthcare expenditures and improving quality of life of individuals with MCC

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