Prevention of Alcoholism and Other Drinking Problems in the U.S. Navy
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI
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This is a study of the concept of prevention of alcohol problems and the program for the reduction of the U.S. Navys high incidence of problem drinking. The extent of the Navys alcohol problem, current theories of prevention, and the Navys solution to the problem are examined in an effort toward significant reduction of personnel casualties due to the misuse of alcohol. There is a serious alcohol problem in the Navy, and it will not be overcome solely by treatment and rehabilitation of problem drinkers. The long- range solution is a comprehensive, widely-supported and multifaceted program of prevention. The U.S. Navy has established a viable and extensive prevention program as a vital element in its relatively young alcohol abuse control program. However, an early and serious obstacle in preventive efforts is the skepticism and lack of involvement of command managers. No significant reduction in the high incidence of problem drinking in the Navy will be made unless middle- and upper-level command managers believe in and are directly involved in this long-range prevention concept. Recommendations are made to involve management more directly, to further enhance existing Navy preventive measures, and to maximize the effectiveness of the Navys present and future prevention programs.
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