To drink, or not to drink
To drink, or not to drink
- Drinking more or for a longer time than you intend
- Continuing to drink even though it makes you feel depressed or anxious
- Experiencing symptoms of withdrawal when you don’t drink
- Experiencing interference with daily activities, family, friends, and work
- Having to consume more drinks than you once did to get the same effect
- Specific. Set a drink type and number limit for yourself. If you decide to drink a beer, ask yourself what type of beer, stick to that brand and style, and don’t go over your limit. Every alcohol beverage has a different alcohol content, which changes your body’s response.
- Measurable. Understand how your body processes alcohol to determine your specific limitations. Look at the standard drink calculator to see how different types of drinks will affect your body.
- Attainable. Is your goal realistic for your lifestyle? Set a goal that you are confident and positive about achieving.
- Relevant. Ask yourself if your goal applies to your current surroundings. If you are at a wine-tasting event, know how much wine is enough for you.
- Time-based. Set a drinking cut-off time and length of time between each drink. Determine how many drinks is a safe number for you.
- Board, card and trivia games
- Dance competitions
- Holiday-themed relays
- Arts and crafts
- Gift exchanges
- Pier Pressure, developed by Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, offers resources to help practice responsible drinking behaviors in real life to include: a blood alcohol content (BAC) calculator; calorie and alcohol content calculators for beer, wine, spirits and popular cocktails; safe drinking tips; and direct access to local taxi searches and popular ride-sharing apps
- VetChange, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is for veterans and service members who are concerned about their drinking and how it relates to post-traumatic stress after deployment, and for all people who are interested in developing healthier drinking behaviors.
- Learn about more DHA mobile apps, developed by the Connected Health branch, such as Virtual Hope Box, LifeArmor, and Breathe2Relax on the mHealth Clinical Integration webpage.
- Defense Health Agency alcohol and drug abuse self-assessment (confidential)
- TRICARE Alcohol Awareness (featuring “That Guy” public awareness campaign)
- Military Health Podcast: “Next Generation Behavioral Health,” episode 17, “Substance Use”
- “Life Without Liquor” one service member’s personal story of how he overcame a drinking problem
- Military OneSource: Military Policy and Treatment for Substance Use
- “Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and Your Health” publication with research-based information from the National Institutes of Health
- “Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines” publication from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholisim
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