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Trajectories of alcohol misuse among the UK Armed Forces over a 12-year period

July, 2021
Article:

This paper identities alcohol misuse in military personnel over a long period of time.

Abstract

To identify the main trajectories of alcohol misuse among UK military personnel from 12 years after the start of the Iraq war (2003) and the factors associated with each trajectory. In a cohort of approximately 7000 UK military personnel, trajectories of alcohol misuse appeared stable between 2004 and 2016. More than half of severe drinkers made substantial improvements over the period, but 68% of the cohort continued to drink hazardously or harmfully. Lack of change for the majority of the sample signals the need for strategies to address alcohol misuse and its cultural and psychosocial drivers.

Full Reference

Palmer, L., Norton, S., Jones, M., Rona, R. J., Goodwin, L., and Fear, N. T. (2021) Trajectories of alcohol misuse among the UK Armed Forces over a 12-year period. Addiction, https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15592.

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