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What Predicts Substance Abuse in Veterans?

Like the rest of the adult U.S. population, people who have served in the military sometimes develop serious problems with drugs and/or alcohol. In a study published in July 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, a group of American researchers investigated the factors that can potentially predict whether a veteran who starts experiencing substance problems will continue to experience those problems over time. These researchers concluded that several things make ongoing substance problems among military veterans more likely, including the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Continue reading