Gender differences in stressful life events, social support, perceived stress, and alcohol use among older adults: Results from a national survey

Paul Sacco, Kathleen K. Bucholz, Donna Harrington

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Abstract

Stressful life events, perceived stress, and social support relationships with consumption, at-risk drinking, and alcohol use disorder (AUD) were studied in a population-based sample of current drinkers age 60+ in the National Epidemiologic Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions (Wave 2; 2004-2005; n = 4,360). Stressful life events were associated with AUD among men and women, and crime victimization among men only. However, greater perceived stress was associated with lower consumption among women and greater odds of AUD in men, highlighting differences in the relationship between stress and alcohol use by gender that may be the result of the stress alcohol link.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-465
Number of pages10
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

Keywords

  • Alcohol use disorder
  • At-risk drinking
  • NESARC
  • Older adults
  • Perceived stress
  • Stressful events

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