Accession Number : ADA519275


Title :   Alcohol Abuse Among U.S. Navy Recruits Who Were Maltreated in Childhood


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA


Personal Author(s) : Trent, L ; Stander, V ; Thomsen, C ; Merrill, L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a519275.pdf


Report Date : 28 May 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 8


Abstract : Aims: To examine relationships between childhood maltreatment and alcohol-related problems among U.S. Navy recruits. Methods: An anonymous sample of 5697 Navy recruits completed a survey regarding their alcohol consumption, alcohol problems (binge drinking, drinking until drunk, alcohol dependence, alcohol-related arrests), and experiences of childhood physical and sexual abuse. Results: Most of the recruits used alcohol, and a substantial proportion reported histories of childhood maltreatment. Recruits who had been victimized as children were more likely to use alcohol. Furthermore, among drinkers, those who had been abused were more likely to exhibit alcohol problems than were non-abused drinkers. Conclusion: Substantial numbers of personnel with alcohol-related problems may be using alcohol to self-medicate due to a history of childhood abuse. Attention to the association between alcohol abuse and childhood maltreatment might help improve the efficacy of military alcohol reduction programs.


Descriptors :   *ALCOHOLISM , *RECRUITS , *NAVAL PERSONNEL , CHILDREN , DOMESTIC VIOLENCE , DRUG ABUSE , ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES , ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION , REPRINTS


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE