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Jul 31, 2014 7:34 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Veterans at increased risk of alcohol abuse when they have problems at home

American war veterans face an increased risk of alcohol abuse if they return to legal, marriage, or financial problems at home.

Past studies have shown reserve soldiers returning from deployment have double the rate of alcohol abuse compared to the general population.

However, in a new study, researchers found regardless of what kinds of trauma veterans experienced while overseas, setbacks at home were more likely to spark alcohol dependence or abuse.

These findings suggest a critical need for programs to help soldiers find jobs, reconnect with family, and adjust to civilian life, as well as teaching them how to handle these stressors without alcohol.

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