The number of older adults who engage in unhealthy substance use is expected to increase substantially to levels never seen before. Older adults, owing to physiologic changes in aging, are at high risk for the adverse effects of alcohol and illegal drug use. Screening and prevention can help older patients to be better informed of the risks of substance use, and reduce high-risk behaviors and its potential negative outcomes. The authors review the prevalence and trends of substance use and their potential impact on health outcomes, and discuss an approach to screening and prevention for older adults.
Prevention and screening of unhealthy substance use by older adults