Alcohol consumption and health status in very old veterans

Lauren M. Denneson, Michael R. Lasarev, Kathryn C. Dickinson, Steven K. Dobscha

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Previous research has linked drinking with health, but has yet to address alcohol consumption and the relationship between drinking and health among very old veterans. To help fill this gap, the authors present a cross-sectional self-report study on 1105 veterans age 90 and older who completed the national Veteran's Affairs (VA) Survey of the Health Experiences of Patients (SHEP) for fiscal year (FY) 2005. Alcohol consumption was measured using Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test scores (AUDIT-C).1 Health status was measured using the Veterans Rand Health Survey: VR-12.2 Among men (n = 1063), 60% were abstainers. No significant differences in mental health component (MCS; F3,1040 = 1.80, P =.15) or physical health component (PCS; F3,1040 = 1.48, P =.22) scores were detected across consumption categories. Among women (n = 42), 47% were abstainers. These results suggest many very old veterans abstain from alcohol and, among men, the associations between health status and drinking observed in younger groups may not be present in very old age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-43
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • alcohol
  • mental health
  • old age
  • physical health
  • veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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