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Health promotion and public health
Routine health checks can provide opportunities for alcohol health promotion in older adults who identify as responsible drinkers
  1. Lolita Alfred
  1. Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Health and Social Work, University of Hull, Hull, UK
  1. Correspondence to Lolita Alfred, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Health and Social Work, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK; L.Alfred{at}

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Commentary on: Bareham BK, Kaner E, Spencer LP et al. Drinking in later life: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies exploring older people’s perceptions and experiences. Age Ageing 2019; 48:134-146.

Implications for practice and research

  • Healthcare professionals should incorporate alcohol health promotion during routine health checks with older adults who identify as responsible drinkers.

  • Personalised interventions should also consider the positive role that alcohol plays in maintaining social connections and cultural identity.

  • More research that explores the gender differences in consumption over time is required.


Over the last 15 years, alcohol-specific mortality in older adults has risen by approximately 45%.1 Older adults may drink less alcohol than those under 50 years old, however they tend to consume it more frequently and have comparatively higher numbers of alcohol-related hospital admissions.2 National surveys …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.