Substance Abuse in the U.S Military

Issue Identification

A lot of men and women in the military usually choose to abuse addictive substances such as drugs and alcohol for many different reasons.


Substance abuse issue is a disorder that is an destructive pattern of using substance that leads to problems or distress.


Military were lower than among civilians in the same age, heavy alcohol and tobacco use, and especially prescription drug abuse, were prevalent.

How the Military views the issue

Members of the armed forces are not immune to the substance use problems that affect the rest of society. Those with multiple deployments and combat exposure are at greatest risk of developing substance use problems.