Q. How extensive is alcoholism among older people?
Alcoholism is a serious problem among seniors. Here are just a few statistics:
About 70 percent of hospital admissions for older adults are for illness and accidents related to alcohol.
About half of older adults in nursing homes have an alcohol problem.
Older adults lose an average of 10 years off their lives because of alcohol abuse.
About 80 percent of doctors misdiagnose alcoholism as depression in older women.
The highest growing number of alcoholics is among 75-year-old widowers.