Title: Screening for Drinking Problems in the Elderly in Singapore Using the CAGE Questionnaire
year: 2016
Journal: Ann Acad Med Singapore
Volume: 45
Issue: 10
Pages: 456-465
Epubdate: 11/11/2016
date: Oct
Alternate Journal: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
ISSN: 0304-4602 (Print) 0304-4602
Article Number: 27832220
Keywords: Aged Aged, 80 and over Alcohol-Related Disorders/diagnosis/epidemiology/psychology Alcoholism/diagnosis/*epidemiology/psychology Anxiety/*epidemiology/psychology Chronic Disease Cross-Sectional Studies Depression/*epidemiology/psychology Divorce/statistics & numerical data Ethnic Groups Female Humans India Male Marital Status Mass Screening Middle Aged Obesity/epidemiology Prevalence Risk Factors Sex Factors Singapore/epidemiology Smoking/epidemiology Surveys and Questionnaires
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: Given that past research on drinking problems has focused primarily on younger samples, the present study sought to examine the prevalence and correlates of alcohol use among the elderly in Singapore. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were extracted from the Well-being of the Singapore Elderly (WiSE) study, a cross-sectional, epidemiological survey conducted among a nationally representative sample of Singapore residents (n = 2565) aged 60 years and above. Variables assessed include drinking problems, depression and anxiety symptoms, obesity, smoking status, chronic physical disorders and disability. RESULTS: The weighted prevalence of drinking problems (CAGE score >/=2) in our sample was 4.2%. Male sex, Indian ethnicity, and being divorced or separated were associated with a significantly higher likelihood of drinking problems. Participants with drinking problems were also more likely to have subthreshold depression. There were no significant differences in disability among those with drinking problems, those without drinking problems and non-drinkers, after adjusting for demographic variables. CONCLUSION: Our findings contribute to the body of research that indicates an association between drinking problems and depressive symptoms among the elderly. Thus, screening for depressive symptoms in the elderly with drinking problems may be useful in identifying such comorbidities in order to aid treatment planning.
Notes: Ong, Clarissa Wy Sagayadevan, Vathsala Abdin, Edimansyah Shafie, Saleha Binte Jeyagurunathan, Anitha Eng, Goi Khia Picco, Louisa Vaingankar, Janhavi Chong, Siow Ann Subramaniam, Mythily Journal Article Singapore Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2016 Oct;45(10):456-465.
URI: https://open-access.imh.com.sg/handle/123456789/5060
Authors Address: Research Division, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore.
Database Provider: NLM
language: eng
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