National Guard service members and their families face unique challenges at home.
Things like financial strain, career difficulties, family conflict, PTSD, depression ,and relationship conflict can all increase stress and drinking, and drinking can intensify these issues in turn.
Excessive drinking can also have direct negative effects on our physical and mental health. Alcohol creates risk for weight, high blood pressure, brain damage, organ damage, and risk of heart attack/stroke, and insomnia. It also directly leads to hangovers and “blackouts,” which can have social and personal consequences.
National Guard members are at higher risk for certain challenges that contribute to and are made worse by alcohol use. These challenges include traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, and chronic pain.
Our goal is to help you understand the relationship between drinking alcohol and other issues you might be experiencing.