Project: Research project

Project Details


Although there has been increasing attention to the negative health
consequences of both lifetime alcohol abuse and current alcohol use for
older adults, there is little consensus regarding (1) the prevalence and
patterning of problem drinking in old age, (2) the natural history of
alcohol-related health crisis and associated use of emergency medical
services by elders, (3) the effectiveness of alcohol risk management and
harm reduction strategies for older persons. At the same time, in direct
contrast to research on alcohol and other substance use among
adolescents, little is known about the roles of race/ethnicity, gender,
socio-economic status or peer and community influences on problem
drinking in older persons. The primary objective of this proposed
exploratory developmental project is to create a methodological and
empirical framework to support secondary prevention studies aimed at
this population. In particular, the proposed exploratory developmental
project will collect and analyze data on very low income elder urban
public housing residents to: 1) Assess the feasibility and validity of
questionnaire measures of current problem drinking; 2) Explore the roles
of problem drinking, social supports, health status, and health care
access in emergency medical service use.
Effective start/end date4/1/999/30/01