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Military Injuries Linked to Alcohol and Drug Addiction: Report by Association of Social Workers


Feb 13, 2024
IDF Soldiers Turning to Alcohol and Drugs to Cope with Injuries: Report

A report by the Association of Social Workers has revealed a growing problem of alcohol and drug addiction among IDF soldiers who have been wounded in combat. According to the report, which was published on Monday, February 12 by Davar1, 58% of social workers reported that alcohol and drug use had worsened among injured military personnel (both active duty and reservists), while 64% reported difficulties with parenting and 59% reported worsening behavior in children from families of reservist soldiers.

The report also found that among the military personnel themselves and their family members, 19.11% reported abuse of alcohol and drugs, as well as addictive medications in survivors of military injuries and their loved ones. Furthermore, 58.5% of them reported a worsening situation with alcohol and drugs after “Black Saturday” on October 7. In addition to these issues, the report also highlighted psychological and psychiatric problems in the families of victims, with 68.52% reporting worsening psychological problems.

Another major concern raised by the social workers was the deterioration in the educational situation in families of injured military personnel. According to the report, 21.76% of social workers reported that their clients who were injured during service experienced difficulties in realizing their social rights, while 34.11% reported economic difficulties and 33.82% reported problems with employment. Overall, this report sheds light on the significant challenges faced by both military personnel and their families following injuries sustained in combat.

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