Date: Monday, June 13, 2005
Older people and drinking: Becoming a full bottle
Older people across Perth are being asked to take part in important research into alcohol consumption among 65-74 years olds being conducted by Curtin's National Drug Research Institute.
According to Celia Wilkinson, who is conducting the research as part of her PhD thesis, there is a wealth of research on alcohol use amongst young people but little on the drinking habits of older people.
Ms Wilkinson is looking for participants in the Perth metropolitan area to take part in the project. To take part, participants must be aged 65-74 and have had a drink of alcohol in the past 12 months.
During 30-minute interviews, participants are asked about the types of alcohol they drink, reasons for drinking, and their opinions on national drinking guidelines.
Ms Wilkinson, who plans to interview 1000 people by the end of this year, said there was a significant and important gap in the knowledge about older people's alcohol use.
With ¼ of the Australian population expected to be aged over 65 years by 2050, this gap needed to be addressed.
"Alcohol use amongst older people will have more and more implications for the community as the population continues to age," Celia said.
"This research will provide important evidence that can be used to develop future public health initiatives to improve the wellbeing of older Australians."
To take part in the research, contact Celia Wilkinson on 9266 1636.
Phone: 61 (0)8 9266 1636
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