From the November 1974 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

No Respecter of Age

Alcoholism is a more serious problem among the aging than is generally recognized, a psychiatrist who has served as a consultant in a New York City nursing home contends.

But, says Sheldon Zimberg, MD aging alcoholics generally are more amenable to treatment than younger addicts. Zimberg writes in the professional journal The Gerontologist, "They respond readily when they find a sympathetic ear for their problems and when they feel that someone is concerned about them. Once their depression lifts, they discover that they do not need alcohol to adapt...

-- Rose Sold