Alcohol consumption among traveling Chilean older people

Yu, CB; ROJAS, V; Zalaquett, M; Torres R.; Ramírez C.; Roman F; Carrasco M.; Gac H.; Valderrama S; Marin, PP

Keywords: alcoholism, aged, alcohol drinking


Background: Problems associated with alcohol consumption are prevalent in Chile, but little is known about the situation in the elderly. Aim: To perform a screening to detect alcohol-related problems and risks in the Chilean older people who travel. Material and Methods: The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) questionnaire was answered by 1,076 travelers aged 60 to 93 years (66% females), who participated in trips organized by the Chilean National Tourism Service (SERNATUR). Results: Seventy six percent of respondents acknowledged to have ingested an alcoholic drink during the last month. The average AUDIT score was of 2.2 +/- 2.6. Only 3.7% of the sample had a score equal or higher than eight, considered as risky use. Within this last group, 60% had symptoms of alcohol dependence. A higher alcohol consumption was associated with male gender (p < 0.01), being younger than 75 years of age (p < 0.01), having a medium-low economic income (p < 0.01) and having a higher education level (p = 0.03). There was no significant association with the respondents' occupation. Conclusions: In this sample of Chilean traveling older people, there was a high prevalence of alcohol consumption, and nearly 4% of respondents had alcohol related problems.

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Título según WOS: Alcohol consumption among traveling Chilean older people
Título de la Revista: REVISTA MEDICA DE CHILE
Volumen: 142
Número: 12
Editorial: Sociedad Médica de Santiago
Fecha de publicación: 2014
Página de inicio: 1517
Página final: 1522
Idioma: Spanish
Notas: ISI