Alcohol Consumption and Adverse Outcomes Among U.S. Marines Deployed to Okinawa Japan
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH
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Heavy use of alcohol is a well-known risk factor for adverse outcomes in both personal and societal health. For 1995, the estimated economic costs of alcohol abuse in the United States amounted to over 166 billion National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1998. Alcohol-related goals constitute almost an entire priority area for Healthy People 2000 Public Health Service, 1991. At the individual level, excessive alcohol consumption has serious negative immediate and long-term impacts on the lives and interpersonal relationships of those who indulge. This paper describes the results of an effort to document the extent of alcohol use and associated selected adverse consequences in a specific population U. S. Marines on temporary deployment to Okinawa, Japan.