HEALTH / WELL-BEING

Alcohol consumption in the UK armed forces: are we drinking too much?

Article

This research explores the consumption of alcohol in the UK armed forces and examines reasons that contribute to the potential over-consumption of alcohol in the military.

Abstract

The UK military has a historical relationship with alcohol. This study and several others have supported the belief that military personnel consume more alcohol than civilians when using comparable populations. This article discusses in more detail the results of research into alcohol consumption in the armed forces. Alcohol consumption is part of the UK military culture and may foster social cohesion when consumed in moderation. However, the health implications of excessive alcohol consumption are significant.

Full Reference

Aguirre M, Greenberg N, Sharpley J, Simpson R, Wall C. Alcohol consumption in the UK armed forces: are we drinking too much? (2014). J R Army Med Corps. 2013 Jun 17. doi: 10.1136jramc-2013-000059.