On the instructions of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States a study was conducted among U.S. military personnel of different types of troops. From the recently published report suggests that alcoholism, abuse of strong pain killers and suicide rates have reached crisis proportions.
According to the report, approximately 20% of all military personnel in the United States recognize that "they drink a lot." Almost half of the regularly participates in binge drinking, defined by experts as the adoption at a time five or more drinks of alcohol (one dose — a small bottle of beer, a glass of wine or a shot of hard liquor). Among the Marines the figure is closer to 60%, according to ITAR-TASS.
The highest rate of abuse of alcohol and drugs in the Army and Marine Corps, that is, those parts which are carried and in recent years the brunt of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Among the soldiers of every four acknowledged that over the past year is not used for its intended purpose on the basis of opiate pain killers. The troops in general, it increased in 2005-2008 from 2% to 11%.
In general, all of the data in the report relate to 2008, more recent information is available. But it's safe to say that the situation has since at least not improved. This is evidenced, for example, the growing epidemic of military suicides, which has recently attracted the attention of persistently higher leadership of the Ministry of Defense.
According to the newspaper "Sight", in August, the Pentagon said that the number of suicides in the U.S. Army in July 2012 compared with the previous month increased by more than half.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, in July, the number of suicides among active military personnel is 26 people, while in June the U.S. Army had been 12 cases of suicide. Overall, since the beginning of 2012 have committed suicide already 116 American servicemen.
Earlier, the U.S. media reported that at one killed during the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan soldier for 25 veterans who returned to the United States voluntarily leave this life.