This report explores why it is difficult to engage or maintain the engagement of veterans in treatment programmes for alcohol misuse.
Since the 19th century, alcohol has been an integral part of British Military life. For many men, alcohol was seen as an escape from poverty and this was used as part of motivation to join the military, citing availability of free liquor, food, regular wage and escape from poverty as incentives to enlist. Consumption in large quantities was not necessarily discouraged and some doctors believed that alcohol gave a degree of protection against various lethal diseases affecting those in the military (Howard, 2000). The relationship with alcohol has continued to develop in the modern day U.K. military, where it is utilised in social bonding and comradeship (Jones and Fear, 2011, Alcohol Concern, 2012).
Northumbria University, 2017. Improving Access Report 2017: Understanding Why Veterans Are Reluctant To Access Help for Alcohol Problems.