Alcoholism At Large
Social elderly: Higher risk
Research has found that older adults who have more money, engage in more social activities, and whose friends approve more of drinking are more likely to engage in excessive or high-risk drinking.
In the 2010 study at the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Palo Alto, Calif., researchers wrote that older adults who engage in high-risk alcohol consumption tend to select friends who are more likely to drink and to approve of drinking.
"A spouse and friends can make a constructive difference in later life drinking," observed Charles J. Holahan, a professor in...