Problem drinking among residents of a VA nursing home

Carol L. Joseph, Roland M. Atkinson, Linda Ganzini

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    The authors conducted a retrospective study of problem drinking among persons admitted to a Veterans Affairs Nursing Home Care Unit (VA NHCU). Lifetime problem drinking was prevalent in 36% of admissions, two‐thirds of whom had active alcohol problems. Problem drinkers were younger and less often currently married than NHCU residents without alcohol problems. Forty‐seven per cent of persons with active alcohol problems returned to independent living. The results suggest that VA NHCUs may be an important transition between hospital and home for elderly patients with alcohol problems, affording an opportunity for identification and intervention.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)243-248
    Number of pages6
    JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Mar 1995


    • Elderly
    • alcohol
    • nursing homes

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geriatrics and Gerontology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health


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