An epidemiological study of alcoholism in the elderly was done in Kangwha in 1987. The results are as follows * 1) The lifetime prevalence rate of alcoholism in elderly is 21.2%, which consists of 16.6% of alcohol abuse and 4.6% of alcohol dependency. 2) The lifetime prevalence rate of elderly alcoholism in male is about 7 times higher than in female(41.5캉 vs 6.6%). 3) Age-specific prevalence rate of elderly alcoholism decreases with age. 4) The lifetime prevalence rate of elderly alcoholism is significantly high in unmarried group and educated group, compared to those in married group and uneducated group(39.3^ vs 4.4%, 41.6% vs 15.2%). 5) When elderly alcoholism is classified into 4 types by its onset and course, the rate of earlyonset type’(onset before 40 years old) is 72.6%. 6) The prevalence rate of other psychiatric disorders do not show any significant difference between alcoholic group and non-alcoholic group, but the prevalence rate of mild cognitive impairment in alcoholic group is significantly lower than that in non-alcoholic group(12.5% vs 36.6%). 7) The 5 dimensional scores of social resources, economic resources, mental health, physical health and activities of daily functions do not show any significant differences between alcoholic group and non-alcoholic group.
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