Identifying and managing acute alcohol withdrawal in the elderly.Geriatr Nurs. 2005 May-Jun; 26(3):176-83.GN
In the elderly population, alcohol-related problems may be misinterpreted as normal consequences of aging. However, alcohol is a commonly abused substance among older adults, and age-related changes predispose these patients to a greater sensitivity to its effects. All older patients should be screened for alcohol dependence and abuse on admission to an acute care facility. If identified, the plan of care must include close observation for acute alcohol withdrawal and prompt intervention if it occurs.