‘I’d be willing to take that risk for the enjoyment of the time that I have’: a COM-B influenced analysis of older people’s perspectives on their alcohol consumption

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Abstract

Objectives: To explore how older people understand, perceive, and evaluate the various factors which drive their alcohol consumption behaviours. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 33 Australian community-dwelling older adults (aged 65+ years) who drank alcohol at least once a month. Thematic analyses identified common themes which were then mapped onto the COM-B theoretical framework. Results: Drinking behaviours were driven by a lack of capability in the form of poor knowledge regarding safe drinking behaviours and guidelines; high opportunity for consumption due to ease of accessing alcohol and its prominence in social routines; and high motivation to drink due to perceived benefits outweighing perceived risks. Conclusion: Increasing older peoples’ knowledge of the risks associated with consumption and safe drinking behaviours represents a key health promotion priority in order to reduce the burden of alcohol-related harms among this group.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalPsychology and Health
Early online date7 Nov 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Nov 2023

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Australia
  • older people
  • qualitative methodology
  • risky drinking

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