New research from the Columbia Aging Center: Older adults in wealthier countries drink more alcohol

Monday, November 30, 2020

A new global study led by Esteban Calvo, PhD, and CAC fellow Katherine Keyes, PhD finds older people in wealthy countries consume more alcohol than their counterparts in middle-income countries, on average, although a higher cost of alcohol is associated with less frequent drinking. Across counties, people drink less as they get older, but at different rates and starting points. This work emerged thanks to funding from the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center Faculty Research Fellowship program. Congratulations to the researchers.

Read more here in the journal Addiction. Publications resulting from this funding are below.


Work emanating from this funding:

Calvo E., Allel K, Staudinger U, Castillo‐Carniglia A, Medina JT, and Keyes KM. (2020) Cross‐country differences in age trends in alcohol consumption among older adults: a cross‐sectional study of individuals aged 50 years and older in 22 countries. Addiction,

Calvo E, Medina JT, Ornstein KA, Staudinger U, Fried LP, Keyes KM. (2020) Cross-country and historical variation in alcohol consumption among older men and women: Leveraging recently harmonized survey data in 21 countries. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Volume 215, 2020, 108219,
ISSN 0376-8716,