National 3-D campaign encourages
drivers to ‘Rethink Holiday Drinking’
|December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving
Prevention (3-D) month. Each day, 36 people in the United States die and
approximately 700 more are injured in motor vehicle crashes that involve
an alcohol-impaired driver.
Fort McCoy’s Army Substance Abuse Program’s (ASAP) theme for the 3-D
campaign is “Rethinking Holiday Drinking.” The campaign focuses on steps
to take, during the holidays and year-round, to avoid driving drunk,
drugged or impaired.
In accordance with the “Rethinking Holiday Drinking” and 3-D prevention
campaign, the Fort McCoy ASAP has scheduled a special presentation at
McCoy’s/the Community Club, building 1571, Monday, Dec. 20 from 11:30
a.m.-1 p.m. (11 a.m. buffet on your own). Keynote speakers will be from
the Fort McCoy community.
Everyone in the Fort McCoy community is welcome to attend.
Gail R. Zuege, drug test technician, Directorate of Human Resources
ASAP, said civilian employees and Soldiers also can benefit by working
through a comprehensive booklet at the following link:
link is available on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network, as well.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration offers the
following holiday safety tips:
Plan ahead; always designate a non-drinking driver before any holiday
party or celebration begins.
Take the keys; do not let a friend drive if they are impaired.
Be a helpful host; if you’re hosting a party this holiday season, remind
your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver. If a party
gets out of hand, know when to stop serving alcohol. Always offer
alcohol-free beverages, a meal, plus snacks. Make sure all of your
guests leave with a sober driver or call a taxi for them.
Who is “at-risk” or what is considered “heavy” drinking? For healthy
adults, drinking more than these single-day or weekly limits is
considered “at-risk” or “heavy” drinking. Heavy drinking for men is
considered more than four drinks on any day or 14 or more per week.
At-risk drinking for women is three drinks on any day or seven per week.
About one in four people who exceed these limits already have alcoholism
or alcohol abuse concerns, and the rest are at greater risk for
developing these and other problems. Again, individual risks vary.
People can have problems drinking less than these amounts, particularly
if they drink too quickly. Mixing alcohol and over-the-counter or
prescribed medications can increase an individual’s intoxication level
Ask yourself and your Family members these important questions about
alcohol. Do you know what counts as a drink? Do you know how many drinks
are in common containers? Do you know why whether or not you can hold
your liquor is a concern? Do you know the signs that alcohol is harming
you or someone else? Do you how much U.S. adults drink and where you fit
in the numbers?
“Rethinking Drinking” booklets are available at the Army Substance Abuse
Program office from the Army Substance Abuse Team at building 1344.
For questions or information, call 608-388-2441/5955.
(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program.)