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26.6.1 Discussion - Common errors re employment nexus for alcohol diseases
Where claims for alcoholism and related diseases are presented to Delegates, clients typically assert that a nexus with employment exists in that:
- they commenced drinking heavily and subsequently developed an addiction in response to peer pressure in the ADF environment
- the ADF encouraged consumption of alcohol by providing alcohol in messes at less than the civilian community price
- 'stress' of the employment drove the client to drink excessively
- pain or mental distress from a compensable injury induced the client to 'self medicate' with alcohol or an illicit drug.
However, these assertions are not to be accepted as demonstrating any nexus between disease and employment.