Alcohol Abuse Plagues Many U.S. Combat Veterans

August 13, 2008

According to U.S. military researchers, alcohol abuse is having a major impact on the lives of U.S. combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan....Boston (ChattahBox) – According to U.S. military researchers, alcohol abuse is having a major impact on the lives of U.S. combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. military researchers from the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, California did a study on 48,400 members of the U.S. military before and after they deployed.

They focused their research, comparing those who had been in combat during their duty, and those who did not.

They found that combat veterans faced a 31% increased risk of binge drinking compared to the veterans who did not experience combat.

When they returned home, 6% began to take part in binge drinking, with 5% reporting alcohol abuse issues.

Men and women who were heavy drinkers before they were deployed faced the highest risk when they returned of having alcohol abuse problems.

The alcohol abuse was attributed to them trying to deal with traumatic stress from combat.


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