This brief is about the relation between alcohol craving and mental health disorders among veterans, and how mental health disorders impact alcohol cravings. For policy and practices, the research shows that alcohol cravings and mental health disorders among veterans could be a sign for risk of alcohol use disorder. It also shows that the VA should assess veterans for alcohol use disorder, and also research more ties between mental health disorders and alcohol use. Suggestions for future research include conducting the study in a larger, more representative population, as well as involving families in measuring alcohol use/cravings to ensure less bias from the self-reported test results.
Herrold, A. A., Jordan, N., High, W. M., Babcock-Parziale, J., Chambers, R. A., Smith, B., Evans, C. T., Li, X., Mallinson, T., Jenkins, S., & Pape, T. L. (2014). Alcohol use and craving among veterans with mental health disorders and mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 51(9), 1397–1410. https://doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.07.0170
Mental and Social Health | Mental Disorders | Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Substance Abuse and Addiction
Alcohol, Alcohol Use, Disorder Identification Test, Alcohol, Anxiety, Craving, Depression, Mild traumatic brain injury, Penn Alcohol Craving Scale, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Psychometrics, Veterans
Alcohol; Alcoholism; Anxiety; Depression, Mental
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Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Alcohol Use and Craving among Veterans with Mental Health Disorders and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury"" (2015). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 321.
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