TITLE

ALCOHOL USE AND PREVENTING ALCOHOL-RELATED PROBLEMS AMONG YOUNG ADULTS IN THE MILITARY

AUTHOR(S)
Ames, Genevieve; Cunradi, Carol
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Alcohol Research & Health;2004/2005, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p252
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Heavy alcohol use is a significant problem in the military. Personnel often use alcohol in an attempt to cope with stress, boredom, loneliness, and the lack of other recreational activities. The easy availability of alcohol, ritualized drinking opportunities, and inconsistent policies contribute to a work culture that facilitates heavy and binge drinking in this population. Prevention strategies such as alcohol use policies combined with campaigns focusing on alcohol deglamorization, personal responsibility, and health promotion currently are being implemented to help reduce heavy alcohol use, but further research is needed to evaluate the effects of these efforts. Understanding the characteristics of military culture that encourage or allow heavy and binge drinking practices also will help in designing effective prevention approaches.
ACCESSION #
19504909

 

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