Mental health issues in the military linked to alcohol abuse

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Mental health issues in the military linked to alcohol abuse
30th October 2014

Mental health issues in the armed forces has long been a problem - not only following service, but during it too. 

The latest parliamentary report on the Armed Forces Covenant calls for more resources to help address mental health issues in the military.

The Committee found that the mental health challenges of military personnel to be "intrinsically linked" to hazardous levels of alcohol consumption in the armed forces.

The report also called the for the Ministry of Defence to make attempts to “better understand the links between deployment, alcohol misuse, and violent behaviour.”

Brigadier Robin Bacon, chief of staff at ABF The Soldiers' Charity, joined Headline London to discuss what's causing the issues and whether the links to alcohol are a fair judgement.

The Brigadier also explains the work his charity achieves. 

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