Thursday, April 4, 2013

Drinking, drugs more common for kids of deployed

Chicago Tribune (New York, NY) April 3, 2013

"Teens and preteens with a parent deployed in the military may be more likely to binge drink or misuse prescription drugs, according to a new study.
Previous studies have found that with a parent's multiple deployments come higher levels of depression and more thoughts of suicide among children. But the new study is the first to focus on alcohol and drug use, senior author Stephan Arndt told Reuters Health.
'What was sort of surprising to me was that I had expected those effects for high school (students), but we saw it in sixth graders too,' said Arndt, a psychiatry researcher at the University of Iowa in Iowa City." Read More

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