Binge drinking among Hispanic older adults: 2015-2019

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Previous research has shown that older adults (i.e., individuals 50 years or older) show a high propensity to report unhealthy alcohol habits. Much is to be gleaned regarding these relationships among Hispanic older adults. The purpose of the present study was to examine correlates to binge drinking among a national sample of Hispanic older adults. Pooled data from the 2015–2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health were analyzed among 4,152 Hispanic individuals. Findings revealed that a sizable percentage (17.9%) of individuals reported binge drinking in the past 30 days. Of the sample, 15.1% of individuals diagnosed with diabetes reported binge drinking and high co-morbid substance use was found. Findings can address critical gaps in Hispanic health care, prevention messaging, and harm reduction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-479
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2021


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