Soldiers' alcohol problems alarm Army officials


HONOLULU (AP) — Army officials in Hawaii are expressing concern about soldiers’ problems connected to alcohol.

Col. Mark Jackson in a Hawaii Army Weekly newspaper article said there have been an abundance of drunken driving incidents.

Another media outlet reported soldiers between July and October were involved in 74 cases of impaired driving.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse said illegal drug use is lower by soldiers than civilians but heavy use of alcohol and abuse of prescription drugs is more prevalent and increasing.

The institute said soldiers with multiple deployments and combat exposure are at the greatest risk of substance use problems.

Hawaii soldiers in an alcohol-related incident are required to take a two-day alcohol and drug program.

 

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