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Retirement and the Hidden EpidemicThe Complex Link Between Aging, Work Disengagement, and Substance Misuse  and What To Do About It$
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Peter A. Bamberger and Samuel B. Bacharach

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199374120

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199374120.001.0001

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Empirical Evidence for the Retirement–Drinking Relationship

Empirical Evidence for the Retirement–Drinking Relationship

(p.34) Chapter 3 Empirical Evidence for the Retirement–Drinking Relationship
Retirement and the Hidden Epidemic

Peter A. Bamberger

Samuel B. Bacharach

Kathleen A. Briggs

Meira Ben-Gad

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews some 30-odd papers published in scholarly journals since the mid-1980s that relate to the association between retirement or work exit, on the one hand, and substance misuse, on the other. The chapter examines two main problems underlying this research, namely, that studies tend to (1) draw their data from existing data sets on aging or retirement (e.g., National Survey of Families and Households) that, lacking a focus on substance misuse, rarely incorporate the measures needed to fully explore the issue and (2) be framed around the more traditional conceptualization of retirement as a discrete event rather than an unfolding process. Based on this critique, it proposes that, in order to understand the relationship between retirement and drinking, that relationship needs to be (1) considered independently from the effects of aging on alcohol use and (2) explored as part of a broader process of transition and adjustment.

Keywords:   retirement process, retirement adjustment, retirement transition, aging, National Survey of Families and Households, alcohol misuse, discrete retirement

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