April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, an annual campaign aimed at bringing awareness to the dangers of alcohol misuse. Recognizing the warning signs of alcohol abuse and receiving proper treatment can make a significant impact with the recovery process. Warning signs that might indicate a person having issues with alcohol are decreased energy, short-term memory loss, denial of substance abuse, mood swings, poor work performance, and many more.
Did you know?
· An alcohol breathalyzer can detect alcohol in a person’s system 24 hours after they drink.
· It takes 10 minutes to feel the effects of alcohol.
· Army Regulation 600-85, The Army Substance Abuse Program, is the regulation that governs the Army Substance Abuse Program.
Rick Kohl, ASAP Prevention Coordinator, remarked, “Boundaries protect the things you value, including yourself. If alcohol keeps you confused about boundaries, get help and stop drinking. Practicing boundaries with the amount of alcohol you consume is just one of the many healthy choices you can make to protect the things you value”.
Know the facts about alcohol:
• What is moderate alcohol consumption? Moderate alcohol consumption is defined as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.
• What is heavy or high-risk drinking? Heavy or high-risk drinking is the consumption of more than three drinks on any day, or more than seven per week for women, and more than four drinks on any day or more than 14 per week for men.
• What is binge drinking? Binge drinking is the consumption within two hours of four or more drinks for women, and five or more drinks for men. Excessive (i.e., heavy, high-risk, or binge) drinking has no benefits, and the hazards of heavy alcohol intake are well known. Excessive drinking increases the risk of cirrhosis of the liver, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer of the upper gastrointestinal tract and colon, injury, and violence. Excessive drinking over time is associated with increased body weight and can impair short-and long-term cognitive function.
Learn more at militaryonesource.mil/substance-abuse-and-addition or contact the Fort Rucker ASAP office at (334) 255-7919 or visit https://home.army.mil/rucker/index.php/about/garrison/dhr/asap for information or to enroll in Prime For Life (PFL is offered every other month and helps individuals develop low-risk choices with alcohol).