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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 in Retirement Influence Drinking in Retirement

How Conditions and Relationships in Retirement Influence Drinking in Retirement

(p.69) Chapter 5 How Conditions and Relationships in Retirement 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 discusses the results of our 10-year study of retirement and its alcohol-related consequences in order to describe how conditions and relationships in retirement influence drinking in retirement. The chapter argues and presents evidence to support the idea that it is not retirement per se that necessarily drives shifts in drinking patterns but conditions and experiences in retirement. More specifically, the research highlights several key risk factors in retirement of which older adults, employers, health care professionals, and policy makers should be mindful, including financial and marital strain, acute stressors, and physical pain. The research also points out that the impact of these factors on drinking is not necessarily straightforward. Rather, the effects may be limited to certain subgroups (such as men) and may operate through a variety of intermediary factors (such as sleep-related problems).

Keywords:   financial strain, marital strain, physical pain, gender, sleep-related problems, retirement experiences

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