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Aim: To estimate the prevalence of the consumption of beer and distilled beverages and associated factors among
Brazilian older adults residing in a highly populated city in Brazil, highlighting the factors associated with frequent
consumption and differences in consumption between men and women.
Methods: It was a cross-sectional, analytic study carried out by means of probability samples of conglomerates of
older adults (aged 65–74 years). Descriptive analysis, univariate analysis and estimates of multivariate models through logistic regression (OR, 95% CI) were realized.
Results: 500 of the 736 evaluated seniors were included in the present analysis. 128 (27.3%), 103 (21.3%) and 167
(34.9%) of the seniors indicate past or current use of beer, distilled beverages and frequent use of alcohol, respectively. The consumption of beer was associated with use of tobacco between women; and with marital status and schooling between men. The consumption of distilled beverages was associated with schooling and use of tobacco between women; and age and use of tobacco in men. Daily or weekly use was associated with schooling and use of tobacco between women; age and the use of tobacco between men.
Conclusion: In the elderly population studied, a noteworthy prevalence of the consumption of beer and distilled
beverages was identified, and this use was associated with personal and behavioral determinants. Similar associations related to frequent (daily or weekly) consumption were also identified. Significant differences in the profile of consumption were identified between men and women, with more abusive use among men.