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Alcohol Use in Over 65s: Is Mental Health a Contributory Factor?
Wed 17 May 2017, 12:30 – 14:00 BST
This seminar explores the use of alcohol by older adults.
Drinking alcohol has become a socially accepted lifestyle choice. The reasons for drinking alcohol can range from positive, happy occasions such as a celebration or as a form of relaxation; to less positive reasons such as ‘drowning ones sorrows’ or as a way of dealing with a stressful situation.
National statistics have shown there has been an increase in the use of alcohol in both younger and older generations. Much of the information relating to alcohol usage and those experiencing mental health problems focuses on the younger or both generations, but is not specifically about older adults.
Studies have shown that more than a third of those aged 65 and over experience mental health problems, including depression or anxiety. As the number of older people in the population grows, the number people with mental health problems will also grow. Not only is this distressing for the individual, it also highlights an important topic that needs to be addressed. The combination of these factors has become an area of public health concern.
The overall aim of this research is to examine the experiences, thoughts and feelings about alcohol usage in adults aged 65 and over who are experiencing a mental health condition and currently accessing primary care mental health services. It is hoped this research will help to address the gap in evidence and gain a better understanding of alcohol use in this client group.