This work was supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Grants AA06699 and AA02863, and by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Health Services Research and Development Service research funds.
Remission of Late-Life Drinking Problems: A 4- Year Follow-up
Article first published online: 11 APR 2006
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 835–844, August 1994
How to Cite
Schutte, K. K., Brennan, P. L. and Moos, R. H. (1994), Remission of Late-Life Drinking Problems: A 4- Year Follow-up. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 18: 835–844. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.1994.tb00048.x
- Issue published online: 11 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 11 APR 2006
- Received for publication November 8, 1993; accepted January 31, 1994
- Older Problem Drinkers;
- Life Stressors;
- Social Resources;
- Late-Onset Drinking
This 4-year follow-up study compared stably remitted late-life problem drinkers to nonremitted problem drinkers and nonproblem drinkers. At time 1, to-be-remitted drinkers reported less alcohol consumption and fewer drinking problems, more depression and less self-confidence, less spousal support and approval of drinking from friends, and more help-seeking than did to-be-nonremitted drinkers. Remitted drinkers showed improvement in functioning and life context at the 4-year follow-up, but compared with nonproblem drinkers some deficits persisted. Stable remission and abstinence among late-onset drinkers were closely tied to receiving less spousal support and approval from friends for drinking at time 1, whereas helpseeking was a strong predictor of stable remission and abstinence among early-onset problem drinkers. For both late- and early-onset drinkers, abstinence was predicted by initially having more drinking problems, depression, and health stressors.