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Alcohol Use After Traumatic Brain Injury

Alcohol Abuse Is Unfortunately All Too Common for Young Service Members with TBI

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In my career prior to this, I've never seen a large population of young men drink to this extent in the numbers that I've seen. It was almost normal in this population. What I've seen from returning service members from Iraq and Afghanistan is, alcohol is readily available. And with all young people, it's something that most young people do engage in far more frequently than recreational drugs. They can buy it; it's available at 7-11. It's a round of treatment for them. So when they're having sleep problems with chronic pain, can't sleep, so they have a couple of cocktails.

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Cognitive and mental issues arising from combat exposure can also contribute to drug abuse. With so many contributing factors, the rate of substance abuse is high in returning service members who have had a concussion.

 

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