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Alcohol Consumption­ among the Oldest Old in Sweden – Trends Over Time and Methodological Challenges
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI).
2012 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this study is to describe trends in the frequency of alcohol consumption among the oldest old population in Sweden over the last 20 years. In addition, the methodological challenges involved will be analyzed and discussed. Data from a nationally representative survey of the oldest old population in Sweden (SWEOLD) from 1992, 2002 and 2010/2011 will be used. SWEOLD provides a unique longitudinal database that represents a very high proportion of the population aged 77+ in Sweden. By including institutionalized persons, using proxy interviews and achieving a high response rate, individuals are represented regardless of their health, possible cognitive impairments or place of residence. The prevalence patterns show significant increases in alcohol consumption in all age groups, both in men and women, even when controlling for health status. More individuals are consumers and those who consume drink more often. Less frequent alcohol consumption was associated with high age, women, institutionalized individuals, proxy interviewed persons and those requiring extra effort to recruit. By excluding persons living in institutions or requiring a proxy interview – groups sometimes not represented in surveys – or accepting a lower response rate, the total prevalence of alcohol consumers is likely to be overestimated. A higher percentage of upcoming elderly cohorts in Sweden consume alcohol than previous cohorts. This has been associated with increasing health and financial problems. This emphasizes the importance of including elderly people in research on alcohol consumption and of finding solutions to the methodological challenges posed in surveying the oldest old.

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2012. Vol. 52, no S1, 359-359 p.
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87569DOI: 10.1093/geront/gns201OAI: diva2:604567
The Gerontological Society of America 65th Annual Scientific MeetingNovember 14–18, 2012 San Diego, CA
Available from: 2013-02-11 Created: 2013-02-11 Last updated: 2013-10-25Bibliographically approved

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