Veterans need more support to tackle drinking problems

DRINK Alcohol dependancy is an issue for naval vetrans
DRINK Alcohol dependancy is an issue for naval vetrans
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PEOPLE who served in the forces are more than twice as likely to go on and develop a drinking problem.

Nationally there are 3.8million veterans and 13 per cent could be abusing alcohol, compared to six per cent of civilians, according to the Office of National Statistics.

Around 2,000 veterans in the Portsmouth area are abusing alcohol, and Dr Nick Murdoch, a researcher from the University of Portsmouth, believes more needs to be done to tackle to issue.

He is waiting for ethical approval, before he starts conducting a 12-month research project.

Dr Murdoch, a former submariner, said: ‘The focus of my research is the service veterans and I make no apologies about being passionate about their wellbeing and I have served on the frontline, I was deployed on HMS Hermes in the Falklands.

‘I’m at the beginning of my research, they are a unique group for many reasons. In terms of detox I think it’s perfectly acceptable and reasonable for a care home setting for supervised detox, which could be staffed by trained nurses.

‘That would be cost-effective for the NHS and clinically efficient.’