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Alcohol Use Disorder

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Alcohol Use Disorder Among Older Adults

Alcohol is the most commonly used and misused substance among older adults (Kuerbis et al., 2014). Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and risky alcohol consumption is common among older adults, with reported problem drinking rates ranging from 1–22% (Woodruff et al., 2009).

Older adults need and deserve a continuum of care for Alcohol Use Disorder that matches the severity, life circumstance, concurrent mental and physical health issues, and social transitions which they are experiencing. This seamless transition should extend from age‑specific prevention of AUD to screening, assessment, treatment, and support through to recovery.

Tools for Clinicians:


Canadian Guidelines on Alcohol Use Disorder Among Older Adults PDF

The goal of these clinical guidelines is to provide useful guidance for clinicians on either preventing the development of alcohol use disorder or optimally assessing and treating older individuals who have developed such a disorder.

Online Resources for Alcohol Use Disorder

This list is designed to help primary health care and clinical care providers assess and discuss with persons aged 65 or older, the potential risks of alcohol consumption.

CCSMH Webinar: Canadian Guidelines on Alcohol Use Disorder Among Older Adults

Learn about CCSMH's Guidelines on Alcohol Use Disorder Among Older Adults including about recommended low-risk drinking guidelines for older adults as well as about the other prevention, screening and treatment recommendations.