More research coming out of King’s today on high prevalence of alcohol problems in the armed forces. The BBC have summarised it here Armed forces alcohol abuse strategy criticised
This follows the excellent BBC 2013 Panorama documentary Broken by Battle, examining high rates of suicide in those who leave the armed force. It’s no longer available on iplayer, but iwas widely reported at the time, and is summarised here ” UK soldier and veteran suicides “outstrip Afghan deaths”
The link? Alcohol is strongly linked to suicide, and strongly linked to mental health. Suicide is also strongly linked to mental health.
We understand these links exist. So why can’t we get it together to support those in the armed forces, both whilst in service and after they leave?