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Subiaco residents required for research study

Monday, 23 May 2011


Subiaco residents aged 65 – 74 are asked to take part in an important research collaboration into alcohol consumption, being conducted by Edith Cowan University (ECU), Curtin’s National Drug Research Institute, and Palmerston Association Inc., a not for profit organisation.

Lead investigator on the research project, Dr Celia Wilkinson, says there is a wealth of research on alcohol use amongst young people, but relatively little on the drinking habits of older people. Dr Wilkinson is looking for participants in Subiaco and surrounding areas to participate in this project. To take part, participants must be aged 65-74, have had a drink of alcohol in the past 12 months, and be living in their own home.

During the interviews, which will last approximately1½ hours, participants will be asked about their drinking habits, the type of social activities they take part in, and their use of alcohol in different social settings.

“While alcohol use can be problematic for older Australians, it also forms part of an enjoyable lifestyle for many people,” believes Dr Wilkinson.

“However, there is a significant gap in knowledge about older people’s alcohol use.  With one quarter of the Australian population expected to be aged over 65 years by 2050, this gap needed to be addressed.”

“This research will provide important information on alcohol use amongst older Australians.”

To take part in the research, contact Karyn Concanen from Edith Cowan University on 6304 5153 or 0407 910 277.

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