Oct 24, 2023
RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute
Nearly one-quarter of all veterans report binge drinking within the past month. Post-9/11 veterans consistently have higher rates of all substance use behaviors than pre-9/11 veterans.
Post-9/11 veterans have higher rates of alcohol and drug use disorders than pre-9/11 veterans.
Relative to prevalence of alcohol and drug use disorders, rates of treatment utilization for alcohol and drug problems suggest unmet treatment need for alcohol and drug problems among veterans.
SOURCE: Features information from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, pooled 2015–2019.
NOTE: Pre-9/11 veterans are veterans who served exclusively prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Post-9/11 veterans are those who have served in any capacity since that date.
This infographic describes work done in RAND Education and Labor and documented in A Summary of Veteran-Related Statistics, by Eric Robinson, Justin W. Lee, Teague Ruder, Megan S. Schuler, Gilad Wenig, Carrie M. Farmer, Jessica Phillips, and Rajeev Ramchand, RR-A1363-5, 2023 (available at www.rand.org/t/RRA1363-5). To view this infographic online, visit www.rand.org/t/IGA1363-4
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