Yearly Archives: 2013

Alcohol and older people: the Ghost of Christmas future?

It was just over 10 years ago, after getting to the point where nearly half the older patients on my ward had mental disorders that were related to their unhealthy use of alcohol that I said to myself ‘enough is

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A New Look

This website is the culmination of nearly 10 years of clinical research and has now been streamlined to allow readers to select a particular area that may be of interest. It continues to be updated as new information becomes available

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Alcohol, the body and prescribed medicines

This a brief account of the way in which alcohol affects commonly prescribed medicines. Please note that these are medicines more commonly prescribed in the UK. There may be more that I have not listed that may be more commonly

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Potentially harmful interactions between prescribed medicines and alcohol

A sample of 2100 people aged 65 and over in Finland. Older people were classified as  “ At-risk alcohol users ” were defined as consuming more than 10 UK units per week, more than 7 UK units on a typical drinking

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Alcohol, drugs and aging- an information leaflet

A public information leaflet from Northern Ireland’s Health Protection Agency http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/sites/default/files/alcoho_drugs_older_people_booklet.pdf It can also be found under the Public Information Resources tab

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Developing alcohol problems in later life-Video from US National Institute of Aging

This video shows how alcohol dependence may develop in response to a variety of life changes and can be difficult to identify http://nihseniorhealth.gov/alcoholuse/alcoholandaging/01.html You can also find it under the video resources tab

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A New Beginning

  Alcohol has been part and parcel of British culture for time immemorial but there comes a time when the the balance habit and health starts to shift in the wrong direction. We have already seen this in Australia 30

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