New figures obtained from the Ministry of Defence (Mo D) under Freedom of Information laws show that the number of service personnel falling victim to alcohol abuse is at its highest since incidents first began to be collected centrally by the Defence Medical Information Capability Programme in 2007.Heart problems, alcohol poisoning, liver disease and alcoholic psychosis are among the conditions which the system records.And the numbers needing medical help for drink-related problems soared by 28 per cent between 20.It is a marked escalation on previous years, with 20 seeing year on year rises of 5 per cent and 4 per cent respectively." when you have these near misses but you just have to stop yourself from doing it, because if I carried on thinking like that I wouldn't be able to go out and do my job.'Cpl Bainbridge, from Retford, Nottinghamshire, said although he shared some of his near misses with girlfriend Georgina James, he had kept his mother sheltered from some of his more dangerous situations.
A retired general told the Times: “We are in a much worse state than Fallon acknowledges. There’s is a lot of shallowness in our armed forces.”Last month, it was revealed that the armed forces faced a funding gap of at least £10billion, however some experts have put the shortfall as big as £20billion.More than 4,000 service personnel have been "disciplined for being intoxicated" since 2009, most of whom will have been on duty at the time, according to defence officials.Drink is a far bigger problem in the Army than drugs, admitted General Lord Dannatt, a former chief of general staff: "Abuse of alcohol has long been a chronic problem in the Army – more so than misuse of drugs which is dealt with very severely."The culture of working hard and then playing hard often leads to misuse of alcohol."That said, there is a greater awareness in the Army of the dangers of alcohol abuse and of the importance of physical fitness, than 10 or 20 years ago."Probably the increased incidence of alcohol misuse is a symptom of the intensity of recent operations – albeit that in the field all Army units are dry."The drinking culture in the armed forces "has an impact on levels of domestic violence, sexual offences, mental and physical health and family life", according to Madeleine Moon, Labour MP for Bridgend and a member of the Defence Select Committee.Jeremy Corbyn called for cuts to the British Armed Forces while soldiers were fighting and dying in Afghanistan in 2010, new video has revealed.The Labour leader made the extraordinary demand while he was an obscure backbencher speaking at a rally protesting cuts planned by the then Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition led by David Cameron.