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Report Released Concerning Veterans and Substance Abuse

A study presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting reported that male veterans with a history of heavy alcohol use are more likely than civilians to seek treatment. Also, these veterans are more likely to have better overall health. They are less depressed as well.

According to the report, 29 percent of veterans under age 50 with a long history of heavy alchol abuse went to treatment. The same study reported that 17 percent of civilians with a history of alcohol abuse sought treatment.

Of all the younger men who abused alcohol heavily into their 30’s, 15 percent of veterans reported having depression issue, while 35 percent of civilians reported the same, according to Newswise.

Researcher Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, PhD states, “The findings suggest not only that Veterans Affairs treatment is available to help young veterans who have a history of heavy drinking, but that it is an effective service outreach to young veterans that can improve their health and overall quality of life. Those younger veterans without alcohol or drug problems may benefit from additional outreach from targeted services to improve their mental and physical health.”

For the researchers purpose, heavy drinking was reported as having five or more drinks at a time at least once a week. There was increased substance abuse disorders among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan than those veterans who were not sent overseas to fight.

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