April is Alcohol Awareness Month, designed to increase command awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage people to focus on alcohol-related issues. The effects of alcohol misuse and abuse continue to be significant for the Coast Guard and have an impact on our ability to execute our missions. It’s your duty to protect your shipmates if they’re at risk of hurting themselves or someone else. Intervening early and at low levels, such as by asking an intoxicated member if he/she has a plan for transportation home or ensuring he/she is not left alone, makes it less likely that the situation will escalate. In other words, taking action early should curtail or put an end to the dangerous situation, thus preventing an alcohol incident.
The 5-week stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s in the United States is the most dangerous season of the year because there are many parties that place a focus on alcohol. However, as service members, we are responsible for our own readiness. If we choose to drink, we have a duty to do so responsibly. Please take a minute to read this post to ensure you and those around you are safe this holiday season.
Arriving at home on the evening of March 3, 2015 I was still energized over the day’s events. If you had told me when my substance use was in its acute stage 13 years earlier that my future would include being a guest in the Coast Guard Headquarters Flag Mess with the Coast Guard Surgeon General and the Director of National Drug Control Policy…well, I would have thought you were crazy.
The Coast Guard is partnering with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence or NCADD in April to support Alcohol Awareness Month.