Alcohol consumption in late-life - the first Brazilian National Alcohol Survey (BNAS)

Alcohol consumption in late-life - the first Brazilian National Alcohol Survey (BNAS)

Author Castro-Costa, E. Google Scholar
Ferri, C. P. Google Scholar
Lima-Costa, M. F. Google Scholar
Zaleski, M. Google Scholar
Pinsky, I. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Caetano, R. Google Scholar
Laranjeira, R. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz
Kings Coll London
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract To investigate the alcohol consumption in later life in Brazil and its association with sociodemographic characteristics. This study was a cross-sectional analysis of nationally representative survey data. A multistage cluster sampling procedure was used to select 3007 individuals of 14 years of age and older from the Brazilian household population. in this study we analyzed data from all 400 participants who were over 60 years old. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence Syndrome was established according to DSM-IV and Risky Drinking was defined in two ways: heavy drinkers (>7 drinks/week) and as binge drinkers (>3 drinks/one occasion). Twelve percent of participants reported heavy drinking behavior while 10.4% and 2.9% were binge drinkers and alcohol dependent respectively. in the adjusted logistic regression only gender was associated with heavy drinking behavior. Males, the youngest and the wealthiest were more likely to report binge drinking behaviors. in conclusion, alcohol related-problems are common but underecognized among older adults. Health professionals should be aware that common definitions of alcohol abuse and dependence may not apply as readily to older people, who have had biological changes for alcohol tolerance and its effects on the Central Nervous System. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords Alcohol consumption
Language English
Sponsor Secretaria Nacional Anti-Drogas
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG)
Date 2008-12-01
Published in Addictive Behaviors. Oxford: Pergamon-Elsevier B.V., v. 33, n. 12, p. 1598-1601, 2008.
ISSN 0306-4603 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Extent 1598-1601
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000260558600013

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