Alcohol and Substance Misuse

 Preventing Excessive Alcohol Use

Last Updated: March 09, 2021
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If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line or call 911: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 or Text 838255

Excessive alcohol use impacts Soldier readiness and resilience and may have negative impacts on family, friends, and the Army community. The APHC Health Education and Application Division is committed to providing you with the tools and resources you need to overcome excessive alcohol use and live a healthy life.


Moderate vs Excessive drinking: What’s the difference?

Moderate drinking is defined as up to two drinks a day for men and up to one drink a day for women. 

Excessive alcohol use includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, and any alcohol use by pregnant women or anyone younger than 21. Binge drinking is defined as consuming 4 or more drinks on an occasion for a woman or 5 or more drinks on an occasion for a man. Heavy drinking is defined as consuming 8 or more drinks per week for a woman or 15 or more drinks per week for a man. 


Concerned your drinking habits may be putting you at risk? Take this short quiz.  (https://www.ownyourlimits.org/drinking-habits-quiz/External Link


Need help with excessive alcohol use? Check out these resources:

Substance Use Disorder Clinical Care (SUDCC) provides alcohol use assessment, treatment, and aftercare for Service Members and other beneficiaries. Use the Community Resource Guide (https://crg.amedd.army.mil/Pages/default.aspx) External Link to locate your installation’s SUDCC.

Army Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a voluntary, confidential program that helps DoD Civilian employees (including management) work through various life challenges that may adversely affect job performance, health, and personal well-being and to optimize an organization's success. Use the Community Resource Guide (https://crg.amedd.army.mil/Pages/default.aspx) External Link to locate your installation’s EAP.

Own Your Limits (https://www.ownyourlimits.org/) External Link is an educational campaign to help Service members learn how to drink responsibly, if they choose to drink alcohol. The site supports the DOD’s efforts to build and sustain a ready and resilient force by providing resources and information to Service members so they can serve honorably and drink responsibly.

Military OneSource offers a wide range of support options, including confidential counseling. These services are free and available for all Service Members, and their immediate family members.

Call 1-800-342-9647 or chat online 24/7 at www.militaryonesource.mil External Linkfor confidential, non-medical, online counseling. If Military OneSource can’t address your concerns, you’ll get a referral for medical counseling.

Chaplains are available for confidential counseling. Although they are not typically licensed counselors, they are prepared to discuss a variety of life concerns with Service Members, including alcohol use and reasons why you may sometimes rely on alcohol to cope. Use the Community Resource Guide (https://crg.amedd.army.mil/Pages/default.aspx) External Link to locate your installation chaplain.


References


Army Regulation (AR) 600-85 The Army Substance Abuse Program.  23 Jul 2020. [online] Available at: https://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/DR_pubs/DR_a/ARN30190-AR_600-85-001-WEB-3.pdf [Accessed 4 March 2021]. External Link

CDC.gov. 2021. Excessive Alcohol Use. [online] Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/factsheets/alcohol.htm [Accessed 4 March 2021]. External Link

Health of the Force. 2019. [online] Available at: https://phc.amedd.army.mil/PHC%20Resource%20Library/2019_Health-of-the-Force-webenhanced.pdf [Accessed 4 March 2021].