Navy seeks sailors' opinion on alcohol use and responsible drinking

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SAN DIEGO (Aug. 29, 2014) Sailors assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego hold signs encouraging other Sailors to not drink and drive. The Same Day, No Way and Keep What You've Earned rally was sponsored by the drug and alcohol programs advisor at the medical center to encourage those leaving base to make safe decisions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pyoung K. Yi)
SAN DIEGO (Aug. 29, 2014) Sailors assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego hold signs encouraging other Sailors to not drink and drive. The Same Day, No Way and Keep What You've Earned rally was sponsored by the drug and alcohol programs advisor at the medical center to encourage those leaving base to make safe decisions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Pyoung K. Yi)

Navy seeks sailors' opinion on alcohol use and responsible drinking

by: Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs | .
U.S. Navy | .
published: August 13, 2015

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Do you have go-to advice for your fellow shipmates on responsible drinking? Have you noticed a shift in drinking behavior over the last year? This summer, the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) Office launched the third annual Keep What You've Earned survey to gain insight on how alcohol use and abuse is perceived in the Navy.

 The anonymous survey takes five minutes to complete and is available at https://survey.max.gov/167456.

 As a result of last year's survey, completed by more than 1,400 Navy personnel and their families, NADAP gained valuable insights about changes in Sailors' drinking behavior and awareness of alcohol abuse prevention efforts like the Keep What You've Earned campaign. This year, NADAP hopes to build on those insights to further improve the effectiveness of the campaign.

 "The Keep What You've Earned campaign has been shaped by feedback from Sailors and its efforts would not be successful without their input," said Dorice Favorite, director, NADAP Office. "The annual survey allows our office to determine how well alcohol abuse prevention efforts and messages are being delivered across the fleet and shape the following year's plan to improve those efforts."

 The anonymous survey asks about your reasons for drinking, the likelihood that you or your fellow Sailors would seek help for alcohol abuse, and any recommendations you have for the campaign. Feedback from this survey will help the campaign continue to develop materials to encourage responsible drinking and remind Sailors to keep what they've earned.

 "Understanding Sailors' opinions and attitudes towards alcohol use in the Navy is a critical component to the success of the Keep What You've Earned campaign," said Favorite. "This survey gives us a pulse check on how those attitudes and behaviors have changed in the past year, and how we can continue to develop an innovative strategy to promote responsible drinking."

 The survey is being released in conjunction with the campaign's summer poster contest and the Play to Live pledge to drink responsibly this summer.

 For more information about how to encourage responsible drinking among Sailors, visit www.nadap.navy.mil.

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