US – It’s a job that requires the best of the best, top notch skills and training. So, the news that nearly half of the military binge drinks was not only shocking, but incredibly sad.
The most recent stats, from 2008, say 47% of military personnel binge drink. That’s up from 35% in 1998.
The Institute of Medicine says the military’s outdated approach to preventing and treating substance abuse contributes to the rising problem. Prescription drug use isn’t such a problem among the enlisted, but the rate of medication misuse is rising.
Politics aside, if these are the people who put their lives on the line to protect us the least we can do is make sure they’ve got the necessary help for preventable problems!
Someone, get Doctor Drew on the phone!