October 30, 2012

Veterans with heavy alcohol use history more likely to seek treatment

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

New research has found that male military veterans who have a history of heavy alcohol use are more likely to seek treatment and — later — report better overall health and less depression than civilians.

 http://reneweveryday.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/8c0d80e131a54e28992f55441c2313791.jpgAccording to Newswise, the research was released this week at the American Public Health Association’s 140th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

According to the National Institutes of Health-funded research from the Public Health Institute’s Alcohol Research Group, 29 percent of veterans under 50 years old who reported a long history of heavy alcohol use sought treatment for alcohol dependence compared with just 17 percent of their civilian counterparts.

It was also discovered that younger veterans who report a history of heavy drinking in their 30s reported better overall health and less depression than veterans who did not report heavy drinking in their 30s.

“The findings suggest not only that Veterans Affairs treatment is available to help young veterans who have a history of heavy drinking, but that it is an effective service outreach to young veterans that can improve their health and overall quality of life” said Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, Ph.D., researcher at the Public Health Institute. “Those younger veterans without alcohol or drug problems may benefit from additional outreach from targeted services to improve their mental and physical health.”

Click here to read the full story from Newswise.

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