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Help veterans battle their addiction demons

Discover how an NHS trust is helping former soldiers look forward to a drink and drug-free future
Alcohol misuse

Discover how an NHS trust is helping former soldiers look forward to a drink and drug-free future

Studies show that drinking at a hazardous level is far higher among those who have left the forces than those who have never served.

‘Alcohol is acceptable in the army,’ says Margaret Winn, a mental health nurse at Mersey Care NHS Trust, which provides specialist mental health and addiction management services. ‘The problems come when they leave,’ she adds.

Her colleague, nurse Mark Beddows, agrees. ‘When we ask a patient “how did this start?” they’ll say “in the forces, we drank heavily”.’

Now the Armed Forces Covenant has awarded £405,000 to a partnership of the trust, the Royal British Legion and Tom Harrison House (THH) to provide detoxification and recovery services to military veterans affected by alcoholism and addiction. The relationship between the trust and THH

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