Government warned over ‘ineffective’ military alcohol policy

british-soldiersA leading expert on military health has suggested that the government aren’t doing enough to combat alcohol abuse in the armed forces.

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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.

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