Do You (or Someone You Know) Have a Drinking Problem?
Do You (or Someone You Know) Have a Drinking Problem?
Posted by T2 Public Affairs on April 5, 2017
Drinking might seem like an easy way to cope with stress and other unpleasant feelings, but it could negatively affect your relationships — and your ability to fulfill your military duties. During Alcohol Awareness Month in April, take a test to help you figure out if you or a loved one has an issue, and check out free resources from the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) that could help.
Every April, the Defense Department recognizes this issue to raise awareness of alcohol abuse in the military community. Service members experience unique life events that can lead to alcohol use. Deployments and transitions can result in post-traumatic stress, a mental or cognitive disorder or traumatic brain injury, all of which are strongly associated with substance abuse and dependence.
Binge drinking, or heavy drinking, is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as four or more drinks on an occasion for women and five or more for men. T2’s AfterDeployment program helps service members and their families identify a drinking problem, understand the issue, and learn how to overcome it. Resources include:
- Alcohol Assessment: This five-minute, anonymous self-assessment can help you determine if you’re drinking too much. Depending on your results, you may be directed to resources for treatment and to find ways to drink responsibly.
- Video Testimonials: These videos feature actual members of the military community who identified their challenges with alcohol and got on the path to recovery.
- Educational Resources: This section has fact sheets, tips and articles about post-traumatic stress, depression, sleep problems and other issues that can lead to abusing alcohol.
- Alcohol and Post-Traumatic Stress Fact Sheet: This short document lays out the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and explains how they relate to substance use.
- Family and Friends Questionnaire: This short survey helps family and friends review their loved one's drinking behavior, and provides suggestions for what to do if alcohol is a problem.
- Alcohol Awareness Kit: Those who support service members can use the materials in this kit to raise awareness of alcohol abuse — during Alcohol Awareness Month and year-round.
You and your loved ones don’t have to deal with a drinking problem alone — the military-specific resources at AfterDeployment can help.
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