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The burden of alcohol use disorders in US military veterans: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study

Article

This article analyses data from a large, nationally representative sample of U.S. veterans to evaluate the prevalence of lifetime alcohol use disorder (AUD), and past-year AUD; common psychiatric comorbidities associated with lifetime AUD; and correlates of lifetime and past-year probable AUD. More than 40% of U.S. military veterans have a lifetime history of alcohol use disorder (AUD). Veterans with a lifetime history of AUD have substantial comorbid psychiatric burden, including elevated rates of suicidal ideation and attempts.

Abstract

This article analyses data from a large, nationally representative sample of U.S. veterans to evaluate the prevalence of lifetime alcohol use disorder (AUD), and past-year AUD; common psychiatric comorbidities associated with lifetime AUD; and correlates of lifetime and past-year probable AUD. More than 40% of U.S. military veterans have a lifetime history of alcohol use disorder (AUD). Veterans with a lifetime history of AUD have substantial comorbid psychiatric burden, including elevated rates of suicidal ideation and attempts. Certain sociodemographic (e.g., younger age, male sex, lower education) and clinical (e.g., trauma burden, history of depression) characteristics are associated with increased risk of AUD.

Full Reference

Fuehrlein, Brian S. ; Mota, Natalie ; Arias, Albert J. ; Trevisan, Louis A. ; Kachadourian, Lorig K. ; Krystal, John H. ; Southwick, Steven M. ; Pietrzak, Robert H.. 2016. The burden of alcohol use disorders in US military veterans: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study. Addiction. 111:10, 1786-1795.