Health & Safety

April 4, 2014

Use responsible drinking guideline ‘0-0-1-3’

Many people would agree that in today’s society alcohol has been commercialized to the point one would believe drinking is a rite of passage, much like learning to drive. Alcohol is typically portrayed in commercials as a party enhancer, as a means to become instantly cool, or as an indispensable relaxation aide. However, the most important message in those commercials is normally found at the very end and in fine print, “Please Drink Responsibly.” The simple three-word message is typically the last thing on the screen before it fades to black. However, what does drinking responsibly actually mean?

Before a long holiday weekend, it’s very common for Luke Air Force Base Airmen to receive a safety briefing prior to “clocking out” for the long weekend. The message may vary depending on the holiday, work circumstances, and/or local events going on at the time; however, one major component that will always be a part of that message is drinking responsibly. But again, what does drinking responsibly actually entail for today’s military member?

Drinking responsibly entails a couple of things. The first component of responsible drinking is setting and knowing your limits. The Air Force recommends its members follow the guideline of “0-0-1-3.” The guideline states ‘0’ drinks if driving, ‘0’ drinks if underage, ‘1’ drink per hour, not to exceed ‘3’ drinks in one night. The motivation behind this guideline is to help ensure military members are capable of making sound decisions at the end of the night. If an individual is unaware of his limits or exceeds them, it is increasingly more difficult for him to make the best decisions. Additionally, it has been proven through the bi-phasic model of drinking, that a person will not obtain any more of a euphoric feeling (or buzz) after reaching a blood alcohol content of 0.06; this is typically three drinks for a male and two drinks for a female.

Another key component of responsible drinking is to always have a plan. When it comes to drinking socially, many individuals focus on where they will drink, what they will drink and who they will drink with. However, it is crucial to have an idea prior to heading out for the evening, of what the plan of action will be for returning home safely, as well as setting limits for oneself.

For military members, there are many options to choose from when it comes to getting home safely. There’s the sober wingman or designated driver, a cab, programs such as Airmen Against Drunk Driving, and of course, first sergeants and commanders.

It’s not only good to have a plan, it’s wise to have more than one, just in case the first plan falls through. For this reason, there is no justification for a military member to be cited for driving under the influence.

While some commercials make it seem as though you will end up on a tropical beach or at a celebrity party every time you drink a specific alcoholic beverage, the fact of the matter is you may end up in a place far removed from the tropics if you don’t drink responsibly. The military’s zero tolerance position on irresponsible drinking is very clear; zero tolerance for underage drinking and zero tolerance for drinking and driving.

For those of us that are 21 and older, we are within our legal rights to go out and enjoy ourselves whether celebrating, decompressing or simply having a drink with dinner as long as we are responsible in doing so. So just like the ending of all alcohol commercials, “Please Drink Responsibly.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Air Force News – July 31, 2015

California The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force is in the process of testing the F-35A Lightning II’s newest munitions asset, a four-barrel Gatling gun that fires 25 mm rounds known as the GAU-22/A. Unlike the Marine Corps and Navy variants, the GAU-22/A is integrated internally to the F-35A.   Bulgaria More than 100...
 
 

People First – July 31, 2015

SecAF addresses priorities at Aspen Security Forum Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James discussed her top national and homeland security issues, as well as current personnel challenges, during a Q-and-A session with Fox News at the sixth annual, three-day Aspen Security Forum in Colorado July 24. Regarding her perspective of the current top U.S....
 
 
This-week-in-history

This week in history

1945: P-51 Transition Training Luke Field instructors began to teach a transition course in the North American P 51 Mustang 70 years ago this month when 13 of the aircraft arrived at Luke Field. In the following months, instruc...
 

 
Courtesy photo

In plain sight, but where?

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland The “Honor Roll” memorial sits silently behind the command post July 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The memorial contains the names of men who attended pilot training at Luke Field from 1941 to 1943...
 
 
Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota

FSS cog in 56th FW wheel

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Kim Caley, 56th Force Support Squadron Arts and Crafts operation manager, works on a project at Luke Air Force Base. The arts and crafts center helps Airman moral with arts, crafts or wood projects. ...
 
 
foodnetworkstar

Fly Over: ‘Rose and Crown Pub’ and ‘Food Network Star’

‘Rose and Crown Pub’ A beautiful green countryside, day after day of cloudy skies, rain and fog, and chilly winters and humid summers — if this sounds more appealing to you than sun and desert heat, you’re probably bett...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>