Alcohol Consumption in Older Adults and Medicare Costs
Mukamal, K. J.
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Lumley, T., Luepker, R. V., Lapin, P., Mittleman, M. A., McBean, A. M., Crum, R. M., and Siscovick, D. S.
We determined the relationship of alcohol consumption and Medicare costs among 4,392 participants in the Cardiovascular Health
Study (CHS), a longitudinal, population-based cohort study of adults age 65 or over in four U.S. communities. We assessed
5-year Parts A and B costs and self-reported intake of beer, wine, and liquor at baseline. Among both sexes, total costs were
approximately $2,000 lower among consumers of >1-6 drinks per week than abstainers.