Working with older people with alcohol problems: insight from specialist substance misuse professionals and their service users

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/332360
Title:
Working with older people with alcohol problems: insight from specialist substance misuse professionals and their service users
Authors:
Wadd, Sarah; Galvani, Sarah
Abstract:
Significant numbers of older people worldwide have a drinking level or pattern which places them at risk of harm. In England, older people are more likely to be admitted to hospital for an alcohol-related condition than younger people and levels of alcohol-related harm are increasing fastest in this population. Whilst alcohol problems in older people are highly treatable, they frequently go undetected or ignored. The aim of this study was to develop guidelines for health and social care workers on what intervention strategies are likely to work best with older drinkers. Insight from alcohol practitioners who specialise in working with older people and the perspectives of older people receiving alcohol treatment were gained through focus groups and individual interviews. This paper reports some of the key findings including a perception that health and social care workers often did not intervene when alcohol misuse was suspected because of ageist attitudes and false beliefs about older people's drinking. Participants however acknowledged that social workers faced difficult choices in relation to the ‘right’ of older people with alcohol problems to continue to drink and the ‘risk’ associated with them doing so. The implications for social work education and training are discussed.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Wadd, S., Galvani, S. (2014) 'Working with Older People with Alcohol Problems: Insight from Specialist Substance Misuse Professionals and their Service Users; Social Work Education, 33 (5):656-669
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Social Work Education
Issue Date:
6-Jun-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/332360
DOI:
10.1080/02615479.2014.919076
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02615479.2014.919076
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0261-5479; 1470-1227
Appears in Collections:
Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care

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dc.contributor.authorWadd, Sarahen
dc.contributor.authorGalvani, Sarahen
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-09T13:00:22Z-
dc.date.available2014-10-09T13:00:22Z-
dc.date.issued2014-06-06-
dc.identifier.citationWadd, S., Galvani, S. (2014) 'Working with Older People with Alcohol Problems: Insight from Specialist Substance Misuse Professionals and their Service Users; Social Work Education, 33 (5):656-669en
dc.identifier.issn0261-5479-
dc.identifier.issn1470-1227-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02615479.2014.919076-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/332360-
dc.description.abstractSignificant numbers of older people worldwide have a drinking level or pattern which places them at risk of harm. In England, older people are more likely to be admitted to hospital for an alcohol-related condition than younger people and levels of alcohol-related harm are increasing fastest in this population. Whilst alcohol problems in older people are highly treatable, they frequently go undetected or ignored. The aim of this study was to develop guidelines for health and social care workers on what intervention strategies are likely to work best with older drinkers. Insight from alcohol practitioners who specialise in working with older people and the perspectives of older people receiving alcohol treatment were gained through focus groups and individual interviews. This paper reports some of the key findings including a perception that health and social care workers often did not intervene when alcohol misuse was suspected because of ageist attitudes and false beliefs about older people's drinking. Participants however acknowledged that social workers faced difficult choices in relation to the ‘right’ of older people with alcohol problems to continue to drink and the ‘risk’ associated with them doing so. The implications for social work education and training are discussed.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02615479.2014.919076en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Social Work Educationen
dc.subjectalcoholen
dc.subjectolder peopleen
dc.subjectelderlyen
dc.subjectsocial worken
dc.subjectsocial careen
dc.subjecttrainingen
dc.subjecteducationen
dc.titleWorking with older people with alcohol problems: insight from specialist substance misuse professionals and their service usersen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalSocial Work Educationen
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