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Armstrong-Moore, Roxanne and Haighton, Catherine and Davinson, Nichola and Ling, Jonathon [Biomed Central] . (2018) Interventions to reduce the negative effects of alcohol consumption in older adults: a systematic review. BioMed Central. BMC Public Health, 18 (302)

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Background: Older individuals are consuming alcohol more frequently yet there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of current interventions. This systematic review aims to investigate interventions that target alcohol use in individuals aged 55 + .


Results: Seven papers were included in this review. Six were conducted in the United States of America and one in Denmark. The interventions were carried out in primary care centres and in community based groups. The studies included in this review showed varying levels of success. Participants showed improvements in at least one area of alcohol consumption or frequency of consumption however, these did not always reach significance.


Conclusion: Individuals in this age group appear to respond well to interventions aimed at reducing alcohol consumption. However, included studies had limitations, in particular many did not include a clear intervention description; leaving us unable to fully investigate the components required for success. Further research is needed on the effective components of alcohol interventions targeting older people.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder drug therapy, AOD disorder treatment method, AOD disorder harm reduction, Psychosocial treatment method
Source:Biomed Central
Date:February 2018
Publisher:BioMed Central
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
L Social psychology and related concepts > Life circumstances
T Demographic characteristics > Elderly / Older person

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