Alcoholism and the Navy: an introduction
Dinwiddie, Hugh Norman
Creighton, J. W.
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Alcoholism has been called the most serious drug problem in the United States today. Estimates vary, but the rate of alcoholism in the Navy is probably at least as high as that found in the civilian workforce (between three and five percent of all employed personnel). Alcoholism is a multi-faceted disease for which no cure has been found, but which can be arrested. This paper discussed the Navy alcoholic and presents data which indicates the typical Navy alcoholic is in his early thirties, he is in a rating which is not highly technical in nature, he has some type of security clearance, and he is either on shore duty outside the United States or on sea duty. The treat alcoholics the Navy has a series of Alcoholic Rehabilitation Center and Alcoholic Rehabilitation Units at Navy hospitals around the country. These are largely staffed by recovered alcoholics who use generally accepted methods of treatment. Published Navy rehabilitation rates generally exceed an overall rate of 65 percent effective, although there are some questions about the validity of the statistics.
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