Method: Self-reported alcohol and tobacco use was assessed among a random sample of community-dwelling men aged ≥70 years living in Sydney (n = 1705) from 2005 to 2007. Logistic regression was used to compute odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for factors associated with alcohol and tobacco use.
Results: The prevalence of heavy/excessive drinking was 19.2%, daily drinking 33.7%, and binge drinking 14.1%. Daily drinking was associated with chronic pain (OR= 1.38, 95% CI: 1.07-1.78). Binge drinking was associated with anxiety (OR= 1.93, 95% CI: 1.05-3.54) and being widowed (OR= 1.74, 95% CI: 1.11-2.73). Six per cent of men were current smokers and 56.7% were former smokers. Former smoking was associated with polypharmacy (OR= 1.47, 95% CI: 1.14-1.91) and each additional comorbid condition (OR= 1.11, 95% CI: 1.03-1.19).
Conclusions: Nearly one-fifth of older men drank heavily or excessively. This highlights the need for public health initiatives to reduce alcohol consumption in older people.
- alcohol drinking
- binge drinking