One in 10 Older Adults Currently Binge Drinks – newswise.com – July 2019
More than a tenth of adults age 65 and older currently binge drink, putting them at risk for a range of health problems, according to a study by researchers at NYU School of Medicine.
The most amazing finding, which is only mentioned near the end, is that “Binge drinkers were less likely to have most chronic diseases compared to alcohol users who did not binge drink.”
The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, also finds certain factors—including using cannabis and being male—are associated with an increase in binge drinking.
The researchers examined data from 10,927 U.S. adults age 65 and older who participated in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health between 2015 and 2017.
They looked at the prevalence of current (past-month) binge alcohol use, defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as five drinks or more on the same occasion for men and four drinks or more for women.
The authors estimate that more than one in 10 (10.6 percent) older adults have binge drank in the past month—an increase compared to earlier studies. In the decade leading up to the data used in this study (2005-2014), binge drinking among adults 65 and older was between 7.7 and 9 percent.
The researchers also examined chronic disease profiles of older binge drinkers, and noted that binge drinkers had a lower prevalence of two or more chronic diseases compared to non-binge drinkers.
The most common chronic disease among binge drinkers was hypertension (41.4 percent), followed by cardiovascular disease (23.1 percent) and diabetes (17.7 percent).
I wonder why they didn’t mention the same categories of results among non-binge drinkers. They must have made the calculations since they had to compare them to “alcohol users who did not binge drink”.
This makes me suspect that the numbers of non-binge drinkers who had these chronic diseases were so bad they didn’t want to show them.
“Binge drinkers were less likely to have most chronic diseases compared to alcohol users who did not binge drink.”
This may be because some people stop or decrease their drinking when they have an illness or alcohol-related disease,” said Han, who is also a CDUHR researcher.