Module introduction

By the end of the module, we hope that you will:

 

  • be aware of the trend in escalating alcohol consumption in both older men and women, particularly in certain ethnic groups

 

  • appreciate the differences between older and younger people in terms of assessment and drug interactions

 

  • be familiar with the use of psychological techniques in addressing substance use disorders 

 

  • understand the need to assess comorbid conditions (particularly depression and cognitive impairment) as well as associated physical comorbidity

 

  • know about the epidemiology of other substance use disorders in older people

 

  • be aware of the range of pharmacological and psychosocial interventions for substance use disorders in older populations.

 

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