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NEWS | April 15, 2015

Alcohol Awareness Month reminder

By Airman 1st Class Clayton Cupit Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

With alcohol consumption being widely accepted in today's environment, people tend to forget about the risks involved.

Alcohol abuse is linked to 75,000 deaths in the United States each year according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study shows deaths due to excessive alcohol use were nearly evenly divided between those caused by chronic conditions related to alcohol abuse, such as liver disease and acute conditions, such as automobile accidents.

Excessive alcohol use is defined as an average of more than two drinks per day or more than four drinks per occasion for men. For women, it's an average of more than one drink per day or more than three drinks per occasion.

As military personnel, we uphold high standards. We must remain responsible at all times and always have a plan. Additionally, we must look out for own. The last thing we want is a service member become a statistic.

Having a designated driver is a must if you plan on going out for drinks and returning home safely. If that plan falls through, always have a plan B. Airmen Against Drunk Driving exists solely for this reason. We take care of each other and want you home safe. There are cabs and programs in your local area that can also be used for a safe trip home.

Remember, it is your responsibility to watch out for yourself and your wingman. Do not let your wingmen drive "buzzed" or drunk.

For our Airmen under 21, it isĀ not worth jeopardizing your career over getting caught with alcohol. Always think before you act and keep your career in mind when making those decisions.

Underage drinkers also risk losing their license, going to jail, having their car impounded, losing college financial aid and more. Being in the military, additional consequences include facing non-judicial punishment.

Finally, get help if you have a drinking problem.

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program has all the necessary tools to help you. ADAPT is located in building 1000 and can be reached at 963-6852.

Please remember to take care of your wingmen. Make the right decisions and stay SAFE!