Progress toward eliminating drug and alcohol abuse among U.S. Military personnel
Since 1970, the Department of Defense has set forth a series of policies and programs to combat drug and alcohol abuse among military personnel. The goal of the current policy is one of zero tolerance toward drug and alcohol abuse. Programmatic areas to help attain this goal are assessment, deterrence and detection, treatment and rehabilitation, and education and training. Progress toward eliminating drug and alcohol abuse among military personnel is traced by examining efforts in each of these programmatic areas. The authors conclude that the dramatic decreases in drug use and more stable patterns of alcohol use since 1980 indicate that military policy and programs to eliminate drug abuse have been highly successful, but that military efforts to eliminate alcohol abuse should be intensified.