The Navy’s largest overseas installation has seen a significant drop in incidents of drinking and driving over the last two years, thanks in part, to a persistent sobriety checkpoint program, according to base officials.
Stars & Stripes reports.
The answer to alcohol related incidents, including deaths, injury, and property damage is simple. Treat alcohol as the drug that it is. Treat alcohol the same way any other drug use is treated in the military. Alcohol is considered the number one drug of abuse is it not. Ban alcohol use unless it is prescribed.
The Army needs to double its staff of substance-abuse counselors to handle the soaring numbers of soldiers seeking alcohol treatment, said Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army’s No. 2 officer.
Drugs are prohibited to military members unless they are prescribed. (And interestingly there are thousands of people on duty taking prescription medications provided to them at no expense to the member. These medications have warning labels about potential adverse affects, such as drowsiness, yet the member is not placed SIQ or otherwise restricted, except aircrew.)
Drugs are considered dangerous – there are detailed metrics showing how dangerous alcohol is. There are few, if any, metrics showing that drugs have an impact on military service compared to those showing the adverse affect of alcohol.
Remove alcohol from base facilities.
Prohibit alcohol use to anyone, regardless of age.
Ergo, there will be a significant reduction in death, injury, time lost, or damaged property. Over time the need for more counselors will be reduced thus causing a budget saving.
Or continue the current hypocritical approach to drug use.