Substance Abuse

  • Larry W. Dupree
  • Lawrence Schonfeld
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


Substance abuse among older adults has been a problem of increasing concern over the past 25 years, with varying estimates of alcohol and drug abuse. Congress reports that 2.5 million older Americans have alcohol-related problems, and that 21% of people age 60 and older (“60+”) hospitalized for medical problems have a diagnosis of alcoholism, with related hospital costs of $60 billion per year (HR Rep. No. 852, 1992). Others estimate that 5% to 60% of older medical inpatients abuse alcohol (Atkinson, 1984; Curtis, Geller, Stokes, Levine, & Moore, 1989).


Alcohol Abuse Drinking Behavior Problem Drinker American Geriatrics Society DHHS Publication 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry W. Dupree
    • 1
  • Lawrence Schonfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Aging and Mental Health, Florida Mental Health InstituteUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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