Diagnostikvon alkoholbezogenen störungen im alter

Translated title of the contribution: Diagnostics of alcohol-related disorders in the elderly

Hans Jürgen Rumpf*

*Corresponding author for this work
3 Citations (Scopus)


An overview is given with respect to diagnostic procedures for problematic drinking in the elderly. Screening instruments are evaluated according to their applicability in older age groups and specific devices are introduced. For some screening tests, modifications are necessary. For example, a lowering of the cut point is recommended for the widely used CAGE. Well proven methods such as Q/F-Index or Timeline-Follow-Back can be used to assess drinking amounts, however, specific memory aids might be useful. For the criteria of alcohol dependence or abuse, age-related specifics have to be taken into account, e.g. when assessing tolerance and withdrawal. These particularities have to be addressed in structured or standardized interviews.

Translated title of the contributionDiagnostics of alcohol-related disorders in the elderly
Original languageGerman
JournalZeitschrift fur Gerontopsychologie und -psychiatrie
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)201-206
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 12.2006

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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