The holiday season is upon us, a time for celebrations and social gatherings. When joining family and friends at parties and community events, it is important to consider the choices you make pertaining to alcohol consumption and avoiding illicit or non-prescribed drugs. Consuming high-risk quantities of alcohol or taking illicit and non-prescribed drugs can endanger you or those around you, and has the potential to end in tragedy. This is preventable. Remember, our strength is in looking out for one another and caring for our loved ones, Battle-buddies and Wingmen. We cannot afford to lose lives to alcohol or drug related incidents, including DUI. If you are of legal age and choose to consume alcohol, be sure to designate a driver for the evening. Never drink and drive.
Recent examples include a service member who was driving his vehicle at a high rate of speed last spring when his vehicle left the roadway. His vehicle struck a tree, causing the vehicle to catch on fire. Alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor and tragically the individual succumbed to his injuries. In another incident, a service member was hospitalized for bodily injuries after he physically stuck walls with his fists. Alcohol was again considered a contributing factor.
Making positive choices can help prevent injuries or death. In the South Carolina National Guard, we use the 0-1-2-3 Low Risk guidelines.
The 0-1-2-3 guidelines for low-risk drinking are:
0 – Standard drinks if you have an alcohol use disorder
1 – Standard drink maximum per hour
2 – Standard drinks maximum per day, if drinking daily
3 – Standard drinks maximum in any one day, if drinking occasionally
*A standard drink is equal to 0.6 oz. of pure alcohol, which is the amount of alcohol contained in a normal 12 oz. bottle of beer, 5 oz. glass of wine, or 1.5 oz. shot of 80-proof liquor.
The holidays should be a joyful time to reflect and appreciate quality time among family and friends, and it can be if you think first before consuming alcoholic beverages and say “no” to illicit drugs or non-prescription drugs.
If you have questions, concerns or suspect you or someone you know needs an alcohol or drug treatment assessment, contact the S.C. Army National Guard Substance Abuse Program at 803-299-2990. Our team is here to support. We invite you to follow our Facebook page for updates and helpful tips to look out for one another over the holidays and everyday at www.Facebook.com/scguardsap. Our team wishes you a safe holiday and prosperous New Year 2016. We all win when we make strong choices.
The S.C. Army National Guard Substance Abuse Program team.