Alcohol intake in a healthy elderly population

J. S. Goodwin, C. J. Sanchez, P. Thomas, C. Hunt, P. J. Garry

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Abstract

The relationship between amount of alcohol consumption and social, psychological, and cognitive status was examined in 270 healthy, independently living men and women over age 65. Forty-eight per cent of the sample recorded some alcohol intake during a three-day diet record, with 8 per cent drinking 30 or more grams of alcohol daily. Alcohol intake was positively associated with male gender, income, and amount of education and negatively associated with any changes in social or psychological status, but was positively associated with several measurements of cognitive status. These correlations were weak, however, and tended to disappear after controlling for income, education, gender, and age. Past alcohol intake was not associated with any indicators of present social, psychological, or cognitive functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-177
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume77
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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