Reducing Medication Risks in Older Adult Drinkers

Faika Zanjani, Nancy Schoenberg, Catherine Martin, Richard Clayton
Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine 2020, 6: 2333721420910936
Objectives: Prevalent concomitant alcohol and medication use among older adults is placing this group at risk for adverse health events. Given limited existing interventions to address concomitant alcohol and medication risk (AMR), a brief educational intervention was demonstrated. The purpose of the current study was to examine change in AMR behaviors 3 months post-education among older adult drinkers. Methods: A convenience sample of 58 older adult drinkers (mean age = 72) was recruited and followed ( n = 40; 70% at follow-up), from four pharmacies in rural Virginia. Results: Findings indicated decreased alcohol consumption in high-risk drinkers. Conclusion: Future research should explore methods to sustain reduced AMR.

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