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Tuesday 03 October 2017

Veteran Advice

Posted by: Help For Heroes | Categories: Beneficiaries , Mental Health

Many of us like a drink at the end of a long day, or when we’re socialising with friends or celebrating a special occasion. Every so often, it’s good to check in with ourselves and have a realistic look at our drinking.

How do I know if I am drinking too much?

Research suggests that alcohol-related problems are more common amongst Veterans and in the military community than with people from other walks of life. Here are some easy steps to help make sure you have a healthy attitude to drinking.

These four “CAGE” questions are a quick and easy way to find out a bit more about your relationship with alcohol:

  • Have you ever been Concerned by your drinking?
  • Has Anyone else been concerned by your drinking?
  • Has drinking ever Got you in to trouble?
  • Have you ever felt in need of an Eye opener (a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover)?

If you answered ‘yes’ to one of these questions, your drinking may be a problem. If you answered ‘yes’ to more than two questions, it’s likely that alcohol either is, or could have been, an issue in your life.

Want to talk things through?

If you think you’re drinking too much, then support is available. Hidden Wounds is a free and confidential service run by Help for Heroes that offers treatment and support for people wishing to learn how to manage their anger better. You can reach them by calling 0808 2020 144 (free from UK landlines) or by requesting more information from them here.

Contact Hidden Wounds