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Alcohol histories taken from elderly people

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 04 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1510
  1. P C NaikR G Jones
  1. Lyndon Clinic, Solihull B92 8PW Department of Health Care of the Elderly, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH.

    EDITOR, - We wish to respond to D Thompson's comments on our study.1 Thompson states that we claim that elderly people are more likely than younger people to hide their drinking and that there is no evidence to support this. This information is stated in our introduction and is based on earlier literature.2

    Thompson also emphasises that studies have shown that older people drink less than younger ones. But …

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