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Alcoholism Linked To Higher Death Rates Among Older Men

and abstainers had an 8 percent increased risk for death as compared to not-at-risk drinkers. In analyses done separately for men and women, men at-risk drinkers had a 20 percent increased risk of death as compared to not-at-risk drinkers, while abstainers had no increase in risk for death. Among women, neither at-risk drinkers nor abstainers had increased risks for death compared to not-at-risk drinkers.

One reason for the gender discrepancy may be that women simply don’t drink as much as men, Moore said. Only 89 women in the sample were considered at-risk drinkers, versus 336 men.

“So it’s possible we couldn’t see any effect on death rates for women, because there were too few at-risk drinking women,” she said.

The findings suggest that lower drinking thresholds should be recommended for older adults with specific but common comorbidities.

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