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Alcohol misuse in older people

  • Rahul Rao and Ilana Crome


The clinical and public mental health aspects of alcohol misuse in older people (both men and women) have increasing relevance for both old age and addiction psychiatrists. Clinical presentations are often complex and involve a number of different psychiatric, physical and psychosocial factors. The assessment, treatment and aftercare of alcohol-related and comorbid other mental disorders will also involve a broad range of interventions from a wide range of practitioners. Given its growing clinical relevance, there are particular areas, such as alcohol-related brain damage and drug interactions with alcohol, that deserve special attention.

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Dr Rahul Rao, Southwark Community Team for Older People, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Ground Floor, 63–65 Marina House, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8RS, UK. Email:


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• Know about assessment, psycho social intervention and recovery in alcohol misuse in older people, and the related legal/ethical framework

• Understand the role of physical and psychiatric illness in the presentation of older people with alcohol misuse

• Give due consideration to the general management of alcohol problems in older people, with special consideration of drug interactions and alcohol-related brain damage





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