In Re Alcohol Use in Older Adults

Published in: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, v. 49, no. 3, Mar. 2001, p. 335-336

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2000

by Arlene Fink, Sally C. Morton, John Beck, Ron D. Hays, Karen Spritzer, Sabine M. Oishi, Mark C. Tsai, Alison A. Moore

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Alcohol use among older adults is a growing concern. Clinicians need to be aware of the potential health implications of their older patients' alcohol use. The authors developed a screening measure for older adults, the Alcohol-related Problems Survey (ARPS). A set of scoring algorithms classifies respondents as nonhazardous, hazardous, or harmful drinkers.

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