A Descriptive Study of US Army Soldiers Referred to, Evaluated by and Enrolled in the Army Substance Abuse Program, 1988-2003
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA
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Alcohol abuse is a major concern in the US military since the use of alcohol is associated with a myriad of adverse outcomes that can affect both individual and collective health and performance of soldiers. The US Army Substance Abuse Program ASAP provides evaluation and treatment services for drug and alcohol abusers within the Armed Forces. ASAP is designed to identify and treat soldiers with potential to recover, and therefore the ability to further contribute to the military. Little has been published describing the characteristics of soldiers referred for alcohol evaluation and enrolled in ASAP for treatment of an alcohol abuse problem. This report describes the demographic and occupational characteristics of soldiers referred to ASAP for an alcohol abuse evaluation by linking ASAP data to Army personnel data. Details regarding ASAP referral mechanism i.e. medical referrals, referral following a legal investigation, self referrals are explored. In some cases soldiers referred to ASAP are not enrolled for treatment these special cases are investigated.
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