Military Drinking, part 2

A few months ago, I wrote about binge drinking in the military. I often comment about binge drinking as a college, but I do not frequently enough note that binge drinking pervades more than college campuses. The problem does not evaporate with a diploma, nor does it come upon matriculation as the military has recently become more aware. The Institute of Medicine released a report in September 2012 that noted that the Department of Defense should take appropriate measures to modernize its approach to alcohol abuse in the military. Charles P. O’Brian, chair of the panel that authored the report, noted that at the report’s writing, the Army only had one specialist to trained to treat addiction despite that, the report noted, “drunken soldiers” have been a problem since the Revolutionary War.

Since the report’s release, individual branches of the service have begun making efforts to modernize their approach. According to NBC, “The Marines, starting next year, will give random breathalyzer tests to Corps members; the Air Force and Army curbed some overnight liquor sales for U.S. military personnel in Germany; and American service members in Japan were barredfrom leaving their residences after consuming more than one adult beverage.” According to the report, 47% of active duty service members binge drank in 2008.

One Response to “Military Drinking, part 2”

  1. Edwin Bonilla Says:

    A high school diploma, although important, should not be used as a requirement to drink alcoholic beverages. Matriculation, although also important, should not be used as a requirement to drink alcoholic beverages for young women and young men on military bases. Charles P. O’Brian is right because drunken soldiers have been around since the 1770s. Although the random breathlyzer are probably not the best solution to reducing binge drinking among soldiers, it will probably strengthen the incentive to drink responsibly. The rule in Japan is a good rule.