Stresses of Retirement May be Linked with Substance Abuse, Study Suggests

Stress associated with retirement, caused by factors such as loneliness and financial pressures, may be associated with an increased risk of substance abuse, a new study suggests.

These stresses often coincide with painful events in later life, such as the death of loved ones and deteriorating health, which can also increase the risk of substance abuse, MedicalXpress reports.

The Tel Aviv University researchers said older adults often lack the skills needed to deal with the sudden vacuum produced by retirement, as well as the death of loved ones and their own health problems. Retirement can lead to depression, purposelessness and financial pressures, which can raise the risk of drug and alcohol problems, they said.

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