This is the executive summary for a report on research that explores the the factors that contribute to alcohol misuse in the UK military and the impact of the continued high consumption of alcohol.
Alcohol has a long tradition in the military. Research has shown that alcohol misuse among serving and ex-serving military personnel in the US and UK is increased compared to general population estimates, and that patterns of high consumption continue once personnel leave Service. Despite high levels of alcohol use, help-seeking for alcohol problems among UK and US military and ex-military populations is routinely lower than for other mental health, emotional or general medical problems. This may be due to low recognition of alcohol problems among serving and ex-serving personnel.
Gribble, R., Spanakis, P., Stevelink, S., Rona, R., Fear, N. T. and Goodwin, L., 2020. Help-seeking for alcohol problems in serving and ex-serving UK military personnel. Executive Summary. Report prepared for the Forces in Mind Trust.