Friday, August 22, 2008

PTSD and alcohol problems

Substance abuse is strongly associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological disorders that may occur after stressful and traumatic events. A study of 48,481 military personnel in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked into the links between military service and alcohol problems. Among Reserve or National Guard personnel who saw action the rate of new-onset heavy weekly drinking was 8.8% of new-onset binge drinking 25.6% and of new-onset alcohol problems 7.1%. Among regular soldiers the rates were 6%, 26.6% and 4.8% respectively. Women were more likely to report heavy weekly drinking but less likely to report binge drinking or alcohol problems. Those born after 1980 and those with PTSD and depression were all more likely to develop alcohol problems.

You can find out more about this research at

http://psychcentral.com/news/2008/08/14/members-of-reserve-and-guard-at-risk-for-alcohol-problems/2752.html

9 comments:

rehab centers said...

This is an interesting article which gives statistics, on the percentages of different alcohol problems. The results are alarming since alcoholism is a very serious problem nowadays. One of the solutions in treating substance abuse is by admitting a patient into a rehab center, which has health care professionals that knows how to deal with this kind of problems.

John Gale said...

Thanks for your comment. Heavy drinking is certainly becoming a big problem in the UK.
Best Wishes,
John

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