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SAMHSA News - January/February 2006, Volume 14, Number 1

Two Reports: Substance Use Among Veterans

cover of NSDUH Report, Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Risk Behaviors among Veterans - click to view reportSubstance use, dependence, risk behaviors, and treatment are the focus of two new SAMHSA short reports on American veterans.

The reports present data that show veterans are more likely than non-veterans to use alcohol and marijuana, smoke cigarettes daily, and drive under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs. Veterans are also more likely to receive treatment for a substance abuse disorder.

cover of NSDUH Report, Substance Use, Dependence, and Treatment among Veterans - click to view reportBoth reports are based on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

One report shows that in 2003, an estimated 3.5 percent of veterans had used marijuana in the past month, compared with 3.0 percent of their non-veteran counterparts. Past-month heavy use of alcohol was also more prevalent among veterans (7.5 percent) than comparable non-veterans (6.5 percent). An estimated 0.8 percent of veterans had received specialty treatment for a substance use disorder (alcohol or illicit drugs) in the past year, compared with 0.5 percent of comparable non-veterans. Substance Use, Dependence, and Treatment among Veterans.

The second report, Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Risk Behaviors among Veterans, shows that in 2003, an estimated 56.6 percent of veterans used alcohol in the past month compared with 50.8 percent of comparable non-veterans. An estimated 13.2 percent of veterans reported driving while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs in the past year, compared with 12.2 percent of comparable non-veterans. An estimated 18.8 percent of veterans reported smoking cigarettes daily in the past month, compared with 14.3 percent of comparable non-veterans.

In 2003, there were an estimated 25 million veterans comprising roughly 11.5 percent of the 217 million non-institutionalized civilians age 17 or older in the United States. Approximately 93 percent of veterans were male, and 8.4 percent were between age 17 and 34. An estimated 30.1 percent were between age 35 and 54; 42.3 percent between age 55 and 74; and 19.2 percent age 75 or older.

The reports, Substance Use, Dependence, and Treatment among Veterans and Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Risk Behaviors among Veterans, are available from SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345. Telephone: 1 (800) 729-6686 (English and Spanish) or 1 (800) 487-4889 (TDD). End of Article

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