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Increasing Number of Wounded IDF Soldiers Turning to Alcohol and Drugs, Report Finds


Feb 13, 2024

There is a growing problem of alcohol and drug addiction among IDF soldiers wounded in combat. Financial problems, as well as serious psychological problems, are extremely common in the families of injured soldiers. The behavior of children of soldiers called up for reservist service is deteriorating. This is stated in the results of a report by the Association of Social Workers, excerpts from which are published on Monday, February 12, by Davar1.

According to this report, 58% of social workers reported worsening alcohol and drug use among wounded military personnel (both active duty and reservists), 64% reported difficulties with parenting, and 59% reported worsening behavior children in the families of those who were called up for reservist service.

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 (family members and friends), 58.5% of them reported a worsening situation with alcohol and drugs after “Black Saturday” on October 7. 68.52% reported psychological and psychiatric problems in the families of victims, 66.56% reported worsening psychological problems.

21.76% of social workers reported a deterioration in the educational situation in the families of injured military personnel, 57.9% reported deterioration that arose after the start of the war. 34.11% of social workers reported that their clients who were injured during service experience difficulties in realizing their social rights, 39.41% reported economic difficulties, and 33.82% reported problems with employment.

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