206184 Alcohol Pattern Utilization in a Puerto Rican Baby Boomers sample

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Nirzka Labault Cabeza, PhD , Human Development Department - Gerontology Program, University of Puerto Rico, Graduate School of Public Health, San Juan, PR
René R. Davila Torres, DBAc PhDc , Maternal and Child Health Program, University of Puerto Rico, Graduate School of Public Health, San Juan, PR
Víctor Emanuel Reyes Ortiz, MS , Environmental Health Department, Puerto Rico School of Public Health, San Juan, PR
Background: The Office of Applied Studies (1996) has reported that in 1995, 49% of the baby boom cohort had ever used illicit drugs in their lifetime compared to 11% among those aged 50 and older. Objective: To describe the alcohol usage pattern in a Puerto Rican Baby Boomers sample. Methodology: A cross-sectional exploratory pilot study, with a non-probabilistic sample of 50 individuals (25 females and 25 males) participating in a Needle Exchange Program was conducted. Face to Face interviews were performed to determine the drug and alcohol usage pattern. Results: 47.6% of the participants are using alcohol; 42.9% of these use it everyday. Also 50% of them indicated that consume 8 or more drinks daily. 80% have been consuming alcohol for more than 20 years; most of them started at 12 years old (90%) or older. Conclusion: The participants' alcohol consumption patterns show the necessity to prioritize for competent health services programs. In addition, a relation is shown among injecting drug usage with early and high alcohol consumption for this sample.

Learning Objectives:
The current presentation shows the necessity of competent health services programs for Baby Boomers, which has a different social demographic profile and necessities. Special emphasis is played on their population health characteristics and its relation to addictions.

Keywords: Aging, Alcohol

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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Any relevant financial relationships? No

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