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More Older Adults Are Struggling With Substance Abuse

More Older Adults Are Struggling With Substance AbuseBEFORE her drinking spiraled out of control, Sylvia Dobrow “drank like a lady,” as she put it, matching her wine to her sandwiches: “Tuna and chardonnay, roast beef and rosé.” But soon she was “drinking around the clock,” downing glasses of vodka and skim milk.

“When you try to hide your drinking from your grandchildren, you do whatever you can,” said Ms. Dobrow, 81, a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother living in Stockton, Calif.

A former hospital educator, Ms. Dobrow’s alcohol consumption became unmanageable after she lost her job and subsequently “lost my identity,” she said. Read more…

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/04/business/more-older-adults-are-struggling-with-substance-abuse.html?ref=research&_r=0

 

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