Supporting older adults who misuse alcohol
Intended for healthcare professionals

Supporting older adults who misuse alcohol

Caroline Jane Davenport , Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, Hull, England
Rachael Craven , Lecturer, University of Hull, Hull, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your understanding of the drinking patterns of older adults and what influences them

  • To gauge how to approach the subject of alcohol misuse with older adults in your care

  • To contribute towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Older adulthood is a unique time of transition often referred to as the ‘golden years’. It is characterised by positive life experiences such as retirement but also by a loss of routine, identity and meaning. The literature identifies alcohol misuse as a growing issue in this population. However, the stigma, perceptions and patterns of drinking associated with alcohol misuse among older people can be a barrier to individuals seeking health advice. This article identifies that older adulthood is a period when nurses can offer health education and support using their unique relationships with patients to encourage healthy drinking behaviours.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2024.e1469

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Davenport CJ, Craven R (2024) Supporting older adults who misuse alcohol. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2024.e1469


The authors thank Professor Thomas Phillips for his guidance during the writing of this article

Published online: 22 May 2024

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