Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for death and disability, but its overall association with health remains complex given the possible protective effects of moderate alcohol consumption on some conditions. With this comprehensive approach to health accounting within the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2016, it has generated improved estimates of alcohol use and alcohol-attributable deaths and disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) for 195 locations from 1990 to 2016, for both sexes and for 5-year age groups between the ages of 15 years and 95 years and older.

Friday, September 14 from 12-1 PM (EDT). In this webinar led by Dr. Bonnie Purcell, she will discuss alcohol-related problems that are often unrecognized in working with older adults. The Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) tool is a screening tool developed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health that provides a gentle, non-confrontational approach to elicit information to determine if there are concerns related to alcohol use/misuse. To register, click here.

The authors of this American study found that 71% of the interviewed older inmates reported a substance abuse problem and were more likely to abuse alcohol than younger inmates.

This report presents key findings on physical, mental, and social aspects of aging using data collected from 50,000 Canadians aged 45-85. It highlights insights related to: physical and psychological health, loneliness and social isolation, caregiving and care receiving, transportation and mobility, work and retirement, physical function, disability and falls, lesbian, gay and bisexual aging, and lifestyle and behaviour, among others. 210 pages. Last reviewed May 2018.

The SAMI tool aims to assist in identifying older adults who are currently experiencing problem drinking or who are at-risk for developing drinking problems. It is a 5-item questionnaire which was found to be superior to the CAGE and SMAST-G in terms of sensitivity. To review the introductory webinar on this tool click here.

SAVE THE DATE! Nov. 28, 2017 from 12-1PM EST. This webinar will provide an introduction to a senior friendly approach to screenig for alcohol use in older adults. For registration information check http://brainxchange.ca/Public/Events/Upcoming-Events.aspx

This fact sheet covers screening and identification, diagnosis and management strategies of alcohol misuse and dependence in older adults.

This article was written for family physicians and gives an overview of epidemiology, pharmacology of alcohol and aging, adverse effects of excessive alcohol use, identifying alcohol problems in older adults, clinical management and treatment options.

These guidelines are largely based on the issues raised during the European Association for the Study of Liver monothematic conference on Alcoholic Liver Disease in 2010. The guidelines have three main aims: (1) to provide physicians with clinical recommendations; (2) to emphasize the fact that alcohol can cause several liver diseases (steatosis, steatohepatitis, cirrhosis), all of which may coexist in the same patient; (3) to identify areas of interest for future research, including clinical trials.

Case based article: My neighbor Joe was rarely without a hip flask during Prohibition, and, while a hip flask eventually went out of vogue, he didn't change his drinking habits as he aged. Joe was a functioning alcoholic – he, and everyone who knew him, was well aware of that fact. He was also brilliant, inventive and funny. He had reached 87 years, and had no desire to quit drinking. His wife had died a few years before, and, as his neighbor, I'd become his primary caregiver. His one son lived half-way across the country.

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