Reuters (4/4, Doyle) reported that according to a study published online March 28 in the journal Addiction, middle-school and adolescent children of parents taking part in military deployments have an increased likelihood of binge drinking or abusing prescription medications. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after examining data on 1,700 children who had deployed parents and 57,000 youngsters whose parents were not militarily deployed. The study is just a snapshot of behavior in 2010. It did not follow the kids after their parents returned from deployment, nor did it examine the youngsters’ behavior prior to parental deployment.
— “Drinking, drugs more common for kids of deployed, “Kathryn Doyle, Reuters, April 3, 2013.