Army charges Bales with steroid use
Staff Sargeant Robert Bales has been identified as the soldier accused of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan, including 9 children, 3 women and 4 men.
June 1st, 2012
03:55 PM ET

Army charges Bales with steroid use

By CNN Wire Staff

In amended charges presented Friday, U.S. military authorities accused Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of illicit steroid and alcohol use in addition to 16 counts of premeditated murder for allegedly gunning down villagers in Afghanistan earlier this year.

Bales' lawyer, John Henry Browne, responded to the changes by saying he is "so relieved" that military prosecutors "came out publicly with the steroid use."

"Steroid use is going to be an issue in this case, especially where Sgt. Bales got steroids and how he got steroids," Browne told CNN.

The U.S. military said that, in March, Bales left his outpost in Afghanistan in the middle of the night and single-handedly attacked two villages. The incident further riled relations between Washington and Kabul, intensifying the debate about whether to pull American troops ahead of their planned 2014 withdrawal.


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  1. Justin Craigen

    March 4, 2021 at 10:11 am | Reply

    IIncreased aggressiveness is often claimed to occur with anabolic steroid use. Although it´s highly rare (less than 5%), significant psychiatric symptoms have been found in some steroid users, including aggression and increased violence, mania, and even psychosis. However, it must be noted that in the studies performed there was no control group, making their results spurious at best. It can be logically assumed that naturally aggressive people (those with certain aggressive traits) are simply more inclined to use steroids, which further skews any research results. Can steroids enhance such aggressiveness? Possibly. Can steroids be to blame for anti-social, psychotic, "roid-rage" type of behaviors? Probably not. The evidence just isn´t there to support that such theories.

    In fact, a landmark study was performed which examined different doses of testosterone administration on men aged 20-50, who had a variety of experience with steroids from having used them previously to not at all prior to the study. A variety of psychological tests were performed at the outset of the study as well as at the end. It was found was that no participant in the study had become violent as a result of the testosterone injections they had been receiving, although some said they felt more aggressive. This clearly indicates that there is a high level of control over possible violent or aggressive behavior that can result from steroid use. The researchers also noted that in terms of the psychological tests performed, some subjects showed little or no response to testosterone, with regards to psychological measures, while others experienced significant changes. Thus, general temperament clearly plays a large role in how one responds psychologically to steroid administration. In addition, when this study was compared with others, similar results were found:Out of 109 cases studied, only 5 people exhibited Psychological (Manic or Hypomanic) effects. (*Archives of General Psychiatry, Volume 57, February 2000.)

    May 4, 2013 at 3:32 am | Reply
  3. warsteiner

    Its a shame when Civies get killed, its just part of war I wish the powers that be would just pull out of that country we dont need it and they dont want us there. If this is abour oil lets invade saudi arabia kill all of them and take their oil. Jeeze Laweez.

    June 4, 2012 at 7:12 am | Reply
  4. Bobby G

    Don't even start with the 'Roid Rage' defense...

    June 4, 2012 at 6:59 am | Reply
  5. Americal69

    Another Napolean complex SSgt.? nothing new here

    June 3, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
  6. Buzz Mann

    I have been around people on steroids and believe me it does affect their personality.The magnitude depending on how long they had been using.

    June 2, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply

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