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Driven to drink

British forces sent to Afghanistan and Iraq are 20% more likely to drink “hazardous levels of alcohol” than troops who are not deployed, researchers from Kings College London have learned. In a study of almost 10,000 army personnel they also found that almost one in five report a common mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety. Perhaps relatedly, just one third of British troops feel themselves to be valued and merely one in five believe morale is high in their branch of the armed forces, reports the latest survey of the ministry of defence.

Topics: Afghanistan