Prevention strategy encourages responsible drinking

| December 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

BethAnn Cameron
U.S. Army Public Health Command

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The message is simple: zero drinks, if you’re under the age of 21; zero drinks if you’re driving; one drink per hour; and no more than three drinks of alcohol per outing.

A program called “0-0-1-3” is an alcohol abuse prevention program that promotes making responsible choices with regard to alcohol use.

The 0-0-1-3 effort is based on science and is defined as “responsible periodic drinking” by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Academy of Sciences.

The program supports the National Prevention Strategy that encourages national health by partnering with agencies that focus on substance abuse, mental health, and juvenile and criminal justice.

In 2004, Warren Air Force Base, Cheyenne, Wyo., developed the 0-0-1-3 program to address alcohol misuse. A basewide survey found that the average airman thought “unsafe” drinking began with eight drinks or more.

Within the first year of implementing 0-0-1-3, alcohol-related incidents at Warren AFB declined by 74 percent with 81-percent fewer cases of underage drinking and 45-percent fewer cases of drunk driving.

The 0-0-1-3 program has expanded from the Air Force to schools, colleges and communities, as well as states nationwide with the goal of decreasing alcohol-related incidents. Also, the U.S. Naval Academy implemented the program in 2006.

Most people know that drinking alcohol can be harmful. It can affect a person’s health and well-being by causing illness and injury. It can also affect a military person’s career by causing him or her to be passed over for promotion or lose time from duty.

The 0-0-1-3 program is about making responsible choices about drinking alcohol. It is not an excuse to drink every day.

If you’re underage or driving, don’t drink. If you are of legal age to consume alcohol, be responsible.

Think 0-0-1-3 before you drink.

 

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