Illnesses such as PTSD and depression are often self-medicated with alcohol and other drugs.  VFW bartenders have unique relationships with a population that is often in dire need of support and treatment.  Now researchers at Ohio State are trying to leverage those relationships.

Researchers…are seizing on the almost-familial link that VFW bartenders, many of them women, have with veterans.In a pilot study released last year titled The Healing Tonic, Ohio State University researchers surveyed VFW bartenders about their interactions with veterans and whether they could, especially with a little training, notice signs of illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder.  More…(USAToday)

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