Risky alcohol consumption in older people before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom

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Abstract

Background: There has been little previous research within mental health services exploring changes in drinking behavior among older people during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study compared alcohol use and risky drinking both before and after lockdown in this age group.
Methods: The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) was used to identify risky drinking in people aged between 55 and 74, in a sample of 366 people. One hundred and eighty-five people were referred before and one hundred and eighty-one people after lockdown in the UK.
Results: Compared with before lockdown, it was more likely for older people referred after lockdown to be female, have less severe cognitive impairment, and to show other features of alcohol-related harm such as morning drinking and feeling guilt or remorse over their drinking.
Conclusion: These findings have implications for both access to services and service provision in older people who experience restrictions on their independence during a pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Substance Use
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Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2021

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