A leading expert on military health has suggested that the government aren’t doing enough to combat alcohol abuse in the armed forces.
Professor Neil Greenberg at the Royal College of Psychiatrists claims that alcohol education “doesn’t really work at all”, suggesting that:
“evidence from the civilian population is that it’s a terribly ineffective way of stopping people from drinking.”
A number of armed forces personnel reportedly told the BBC that drinking played a large role in military culture, and helped to strengthen bonds between soldiers. The King’s Centre for Military Health Research found that 65% of armed forces personnel they reviewed in 2013 were categorised as having “higher risk” drinking habits. Evidence from the study also suggested a possible link between alcohol consumption amongst soldiers and mental health problems.