[apolnet-l] Australia - Trends in Alcohol Consumption and Related Harms for Older Australians

Dorothy Birtalan apolnet at opha.on.ca
Mon Feb 26 18:58:20 EST 2007


 Good Afternoon

 

 Some OPAAL Member may be interested in three research bulletins from Australia, looking  at Trends in Alcohol Consumption and Related Harms for Older Australians

 

Below are the summaries and the  links:

 

Bulletin 8: Trends in Alcohol Consumption and Related Harms for Australians Aged 65 to 74 Years (the 'young-old'), 1990-2003.

 

"The eighth bulletin documents trends in alcohol-attributable harms due to risky and high risk drinking among those aged 65-74 years in Australia. An estimated 5,746 'young-old' Australians died from alcohol-attributable injury and disease between 1994 and 2003, mostly due to alcoholic liver cirrhosis and haemorrhagic stroke. Falls were the most common cause of hospitalisations in this age group. "

 

http://www.ndri.curtin.edu.au/pdfs/naip/naip008.pdf

 

Bulletin 9: Trends in Alcohol Consumption and Related Harms for Australians Aged 75 to 84 Years (the 'older-old'), 1990-2003.

 

"The ninth bulletin documents trends in alcohol-attributable harms due to risky and high risk drinking among Australians aged 75-84 years. An estimated 3,320 'older-old' Australians died from alcohol-attributable injury and disease between 1994 and 2003, mostly due to haemorrhagic stroke and alcoholic liver cirrhosis. Falls were the most common cause of hospitalisations in this age group. "

 

 

http://www.ndri.curtin.edu.au/pdfs/naip/naip009.pdf

 

Bulletin 10: Trends in Alcohol Consumption and Related Harms for Australians Aged 85 Years and Older (the 'old-old'), 1990-2003.

 

"The tenth bulletin documents trends in alcohol-attributable harms due to risky and high risk drinking among those aged 85 years and over in Australia. An estimated 1,526 'old-old' Australians died from alcohol-attributable injury and disease between 1994 and 2003, mostly due to strokes and falls. Falls were also the most common cause of hospitalisations in this age group. "

 

http://www.ndri.curtin.edu.au/pdfs/naip/naip009.pdf

 

 

Source:  Chikritzhs, T. & Pascal, R. (2005) Trends in Alcohol Consumption and Related Harms for Australians Aged 65 to 74 Years (the 'young-old'), 1990-2003.

National Alcohol Indicators, Bulletin No.8. Perth: National Drug Research

Institute, Curtin University of Technology.

 

Charmaine Spencer, LL.M.

Research Associate, Gerontology Research Centre &  

Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Gerontology

Simon Fraser University

2800-515 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC, Canada

V6B 5K3

Phone: (604) 291-5047

Fax: (604) 291-5066

Email : cspencer at shaw.ca

 

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