Alkoholpolitik und Volksgesundheit

USA: Alcohol Abuse Has Doubled in Army in Past Five Years

Montag 8. August 2011 von htm

…Official Says
The rate of alcohol abuse among soldiers has doubled in the past five years, says Dr. Les McFarling, Director of the Army Substance Abuse Program. McFarling attributes the rise to the stress of serving in wars, readjusting to life at home and then repeating the cycle, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He says about 13,000 soldiers were treated for substance abuse in 2010—most of them for alcohol. …
The Army announced last month it is trying to fill 130 substance-abuse counselor positions by October 1. The Army Substance Abuse Program is looking for professionals to help substance-impaired soldiers who have the potential to continue military service. (Source: Join Together, 8/8/11)

Kategorie: Addiction, adults, Allgemein, Global, Research, societal effects, Statistics, Workplace | Keine Kommentare »

USA: Drawing Vets In—Without Alcohol

Donnerstag 14. April 2011 von htm

Newer veterans’ groups are addressing alcohol abuse among young soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan by holding alcohol-free meetings. NPR reports that with alcohol abuse becoming a major problem with younger veterans, groups like Dryhootch in Milwaukee are trying to attract these vets with coffee instead of beer.
Dr. David Rudd, scientific director at the National Center for Veterans Studies, Utah University, tells NPR that nearly 20 percent of current vets suffer from anxiety disorder or depression, and many self-medicate with alcohol. This fact, coupled with the waning membership in traditional veteran groups such as Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, is driving the new alcohol-free approach. … (Source: Join Together, 04/14/11)

Kategorie: Addiction, adults, Allgemein, consumption, Global, Health, Prevention, societal effects, Watchdogs | Keine Kommentare »

More Iraqi Security Personnel Using Drugs, Alcohol on Duty

Mittwoch 27. Oktober 2010 von htm

Increasing numbers of Iraqi military and police personnel are using drugs and alcohol while on duty, raising questions about their ability to maintain order once American troops leave in 2011, the New York Times reported Oct. 24. According to the Times‘ sources, in high-risk areas of the country, as many as 50 percent of soldiers and police, including their commanders, use drugs and alcohol to cope with fear, stress, and boredom. (Source: Join Together, 10/26/10)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Global, Health, Other Drugs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Army Needs to Double Staff of Alcohol Counselors, General Says

Mittwoch 17. Februar 2010 von htm

More soldiers are experiencing problems with alcohol and the Army needs to double its staff of addiction counselors to meet the demand, according to Army vice chief of staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli. USA Today reported Feb. 9 that Chiarelli said that the Army needs roughly 300 more counselors to ensure that soldiers‘ needs are being met and to cut down on wait time for services. (Source: Join Together, 2/16/10)

Kategorie: Addiction, Allgemein, Global, Treatment | Keine Kommentare »

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