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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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How Conditions and Relationships at Work Influence Drinking in Retirement

How Conditions and Relationships at Work Influence Drinking in Retirement

(p.51) Chapter 4 How Conditions and Relationships at Work Influence Drinking in Retirement
Retirement and the Hidden Epidemic

Peter A. Bamberger

Samuel B. Bacharach

Kathleen A. Briggs

Meira Ben-Gad

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the results of our 10-year study of retirement and its alcohol-related consequences in order to describe how conditions and relationships (social networks) at work during the retirement process influence drinking in retirement. The chapter focuses on identifying those factors that explain when retirement is likely to be stressful or dysphoric and the role they play in explaining the onset or exacerbation of alcohol-related problems over time among older adults. In addition to examining factors related to the retirement experience itself (e.g., forced on the individual as opposed to something the individual plans for and does of his or her own volition), it examines the role potentially played by conditions (e.g., unit-level drinking norms, stress climates) and relationships experienced by older adults at work prior to retirement and how individual differences (e.g., gender, alcohol expectancies) may interact with these factors to influence subsequent substance misuse.

Keywords:   retirement volition, drinking norms, stress climate, gender, alcohol expectancies, social networks, substance misuse

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