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 December 10, 2010

Safety

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: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/. The 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 quicker.

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.)

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