Relationship between Quantity and Frequency of Alcohol Use and Indices of Suicidal Behavior in an Elderly Australian Sample

Jon Pfaff, Osvaldo Almeida, T.K. Witte, M.C. Waesche, T.E. Joiner Jr

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Abstract

Relatively little research has been conducted on the relationship between alcohol misuse and suicidal behavior among the elderly. The current study's aim was to examine whether quantity and frequency of alcohol use and the interaction between these variables are related to current suicidal ideation, previous suicidal ideation/intent, and past suicide attempts in a community sample of 1,010 Australian adults over age 60. Results partially supported our hypotheses. The interaction between quantity and frequency of alcohol use was significant, suggesting that those who use alcohol less frequently but in greater quantities (i.e., binge drinking) are more likely to have a history of suicide attempts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)616-626
JournalSuicide and Life-Theatening Behavior
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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