alcoholism

NH News
9:44 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Older Addicts Face Limited Treatment Options

Farnum Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

  The latest census numbers project that more than a quarter of New Hampshire’s population will turn 60 or older by the year 2030, up almost 40 percent from 2012.

And in that same year, the number of older adults with mental health problems could meet or exceed the number of younger adults with mental health issues.  

Among the most common mental health issues: depression and alcoholism.

This silent epidemic is creating an array of challenges for the health care workforce in New Hampshire.

Dick Lievens of Tilton sits at a coffee shop in Manchester.

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NH News
2:11 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Older Boomers Face Stigma Over Drinking Problems

Dr. Stephen Bartels, Director, Dartmouth Center for Health and Aging
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

It’s common knowledge that in New Hampshire those between 18 to 25 years of age have a drinking problem.


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Word of Mouth
12:32 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

The Trip To Echo Spring: On Writers And Drinking

Credit via npr.org

The idea of writing a book about writers who drank too much sounds a little like shooting fish in a barrel. The relationship between addiction and creativity remains somewhat mythic…and frequently mimicked. Remarkably talented writers and champion boozers like John Cheever, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Tennessee Williams drank through successes and failures and kept going even as their creativity crumbled and their lives circled the drain. 

Olivia Laing traveled across the U.S. to follow the paths of six famous literary alcoholics, two of whom ended up suicides, the others dead by middle age. Her new book is called “The Trip to Echo Spring”.

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