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Study: one in five UK veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan turn to alcohol

By Ian Drury | The Daily Mail/UK | 01 Mar 2014

Thousands of British servicemen and women who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are abusing alcohol to block out the horrors of war.

An authoritative study has found that as many as 33,000 members of the Armed Forces - around one in five - are drinking harmful levels of alcohol.

Troops who are deployed in direct combat on the battlefield had a higher risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with seven per cent reporting problems compared with four per cent among all regulars.

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