Life After Service for UK Ex-armed Forces Personnel

Research Paper Title Outside the Military “Bubble”: Life After Service for UK Ex-armed Forces Personnel. Background Military personnel who have seen active service can be affected by their experiences. Much of the literature on the mental and physical health battles faced by men and women who leave the Armed Forces is dominated by research in… Read More

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The Outcome of Restricting Retail Hours of Alcohol Sales within an Army Community

Research Paper Title Restricting Retail Hours of Alcohol Sales within an Army Community. Background Excessive alcohol consumption continues to be a significant concern to overall military readiness; each year, it results in non-deployable active duty service members and service members separated from service. In 2009, The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommended limiting the hours… Read More

Do Insomnia Symptoms Predict Increased Alcohol Use Disorder Symptoms among Military Service Members and Veterans?

Research Paper Title Prospective associations between insomnia symptoms and alcohol use problems among former and current military service personnel. Background Despite evidence that insomnia symptoms exacerbate alcohol use disorder symptoms, there is a dearth of prospective research testing bidirectional associations between these variables. Furthermore, no studies have prospectively examined these associations among military personnel, a… Read More

British Army Alcohol Advisers

British Army units are being reminded about the importance of appointing alcohol advisers. The role sees personnel sent on a day and a half training course so they can become focal points for alcohol advice in their formation, helping to raise awareness of the issues around booze and support anyone with problems. Each unit or… Read More

Understanding the Needs of Veterans Seeking Support for Mental Health Difficulties

Research Paper Title Understanding the needs of veterans seeking support for mental health difficulties. Background Since the late 1990s, studies have been conducted in the UK to monitor the health and well-being of military personnel. The bulk of this work has been conducted by researchers at King’s College London, first after the 1991 Gulf War… Read More

Linking Frequent Heavy Drinking & Combat Exposure

Research Paper Title Alcohol Misuse in Reserve Soldiers and their Partners: Cross-Spouse Effects of Deployment and Combat Exposure. Background Military deployment and combat are associated with worse outcomes, including alcohol misuse. Less is known about how these experiences affect soldiers’ spouses. The study objective was to explore relationships between deployment, combat exposure, and alcohol misuse;… Read More

Trauma Exposure in US Soldiers: Linking Genetics, Bipolar Disorder & Alcohol Misuse

Research Paper Title Trauma exposure interacts with the genetic risk of bipolar disorder in alcohol misuse of US soldiers. Background To investigate whether trauma exposure moderates the genetic correlation between substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders, we tested whether trauma exposure modifies the association of genetic risks for mental disorders with alcohol misuse and nicotine… Read More