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Painful medical conditions and alcohol use: a prospective study among older adults.

Brennan PL, Schutte KK, SooHoo S, Moos RH. Painful medical conditions and alcohol use: a prospective study among older adults. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.). 2011 Jul 1; 12(7):1049-59.

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Abstract:

Late-middle-aged individuals who have more numerous painful medical conditions reduce alcohol consumption but nonetheless remain at risk for more frequent drinking problems. Gender, age, and interpersonal social resources moderate the influence of painful medical conditions on late-life alcohol use. These results imply that older individuals with pain are at little immediate or long-term risk for increased alcohol consumption, but clinicians should remain alert to drinking problems among their older pain patients, especially men.





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