Sobering Report on Binge Drinking in Older Adults

Grace Halsey

One out of 10 US adults aged ≥ 65 years is a "current binge drinker," a new study found. It is sobering data and a call to action for primary care.

A study published July 31, 2019 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society esimates that 10.6% of US adults aged ≥ 65 years are "current binge drinkers."Binge drinking is the most common pattern of excessive or risky alcohol use among all US adults and accounts for >50% of alcohol consumed. Study authors emphasize that older adults are particularly vulnerable to the effects of excessive alcohol use including potential exacerbation of chronic health conditions as well as interference with prescribed medication.