Alcohol and Substance Misuse

 Alcohol Misuse

Last Updated: June 15, 2020


Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse

If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, you may have a problem with alcohol:  

  • Do you drink alone when you feel angry or sad?
  • Does your drinking ever make you late for work?
  • Does your drinking worry your family?
  • Do you ever drink after telling yourself you won't?
  • Do you ever forget what you did while drinking?
  • Do you get headaches or have a hangover after drinking?  

For more information, see How to Cut Down on Your Drinking External Link

Strategies to Cut Back or Quit Drinking

There are many strategies you can try to cut back or quit drinking. To get started:  

  • Keep track of your drinking and set a drinking limit.
  • Try to avoid places where heavy drinking occurs.
  • Ask for help from a doctor, family, or friends.
  • If you keep alcohol in your home, keep only a limited supply.

A Word on Alcohol

  • Alcohol (beer, wine, or spirits) is not a performance enhancing beverage. Alcoholic beverages add empty calories that may contribute to weight gain and some nutrient deficiencies.
  • Moderate alcohol intake is associated with increased risk of breast cancer, violence, drowning, and injuries from falls and motor vehicle crashes.
  • The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, do not exceed one drink per day for women or two drinks per day for men.
  • A standard drink is equal to 12 oz. of beer, 8 oz. of malt liquor, 5 oz. of wine, and 1.5 ounces or a "shot" of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, or whiskey).

April is Alcohol Awareness Month: Alcohol Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of alcohol abuse and encourage people to make healthy, safe choices.


Government Resources:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  External Link

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Alcohol and Public Health - Frequently Asked Questions  External Link

National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism External Link

Army Substance Abuse Program, AR 600-85 External Link: This regulation identifies Army policy on alcohol and other drug abuse, and it identifies assigned responsibilities for implementing the program.

Employee Assistance Program/ Substance Abuse Professional External Link: Online EAP and SAP Directory