The month of April is recognized as Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol Awareness Month is a public health program organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence as a way of increasing outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol. The program was started in April of 1987 and became a national movement to draw more attention to the causes and effects of alcoholism, as well as how to help families and communities to deal with drinking problems. Research supports the dangers of Alcohol misuse as a significant cause of accidents and its overall harmful impact on the lives of individuals and families, especially evident during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is by far the most abused substance in the Army.
As the weather and season changes, the likelihood of group gatherings increase. This is also the time when we can all focus on promoting a responsible culture concerning alcohol use by all of our military and DOD Civilians. Alcohol use is legal and socially acceptable, if used responsibly and in moderation. However, alcohol is not authorized during duty hours. The 108th Training Command (IET), encourages all commanders and civilian supervisors to maintain a responsible culture concerning alcohol use, embrace preventive education in support of a healthy and productive workforce, and promote mission readiness for a better quality of life.
It is imperative that all members of the U.S. Army Reserve, military and civilian alike, embrace the Army Substance Abuse Prevention and Drug Demand Reduction Programs and culture, which provides a wellness environment, free of substance abuse and substance abuse related problems for Soldiers, civilians, retirees and their family members.
The Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) mission is to identify, treat, and rehabilitate substance abusers; to strengthen the overall fitness and effectiveness of the Army’s total workforce; and to enhance the combat readiness of its Soldiers. It must be a collaborative effort of all members of the workforce to exercise personal responsibility and promote unit readiness. Commanders and civilian supervisors are responsible to use the full range of preventive, investigative, disciplinary, administrative, and rehabilitative tools to combat substance abuse and the misuse of alcohol. The “Importance of Alcohol Awareness Month” alerts the workforce and the community to reach out for opportunities to help address their own issues or that of family members, especially to those who may not fully appreciate the dangers of unhealthy alcohol consumption. “Be Army Strong,” seek help from the 108thTraining Command (IET) Drug Demand Reduction Office, Army One Source, Alcohol Anonymous Support Groups, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA), mental health, or your local spiritual support team.