AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
This research study examined alcohol use and misuse among USAF civilian employees. Its objectives were to determine the extent of alcohol misuse and, through the use of hypothesis testing and model seeking techniques, identify characteristics which would aid in identifying alcohol misusers. The data base was a randomly chosen sample of civilian employees weighted to reflect the population as a whole. Central to the examination of alcohol misuse were the creation and systematic analysis of three problem drinking categories alcohol addiction, defined as physical dependence on alcohol adverse affects of alcohol, evidenced by serious social and behavioral consequences of drinking and, problem drinking, a combination of the previous two categories. Many of the same variables useful in describing problem drinking categories were also useful in predicting alcohol consumption levels. This fact supported the view that alcohol consumption levels and drinking problems are closely related.