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Drinking Problems Greater Among Returning Combat Veterans
Date:8/12/2008

veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan compared to the U.S. population as a whole.

Two other studies in the same issue looked at former child soldiers in Nepal and in people who fought in the Liberian civil wars who experienced sexual violence. In both groups, researchers found higher rates of PTSD symptoms and depression. Thoughts of suicide were also higher in Liberians who had been exposed to sexual violence.

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To learn more about alcohol abuse, visit the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.



SOURCES: Jeffrey T. Parsons, Ph.D., professor and chair, department of psychology, Hunter College, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York City; Aug. 13, 2008, Journal of the American Medical Association


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