Alcohol Use

Topics: Digestion, Alcohol, Ethanol Pages: 3 (796 words) Published: September 25, 2013
PFC Georges, Alexander

Alcohol Use Essay

Alcohol Use and the Army
Alcohol related incidents in the Army
As stated in AR 600-85, The Army Substance Abuse Program, consuming and abusing alcohol, as well as the consumption of alcohol as a minor, is considered inconsistent and in direct contradiction with the core Army Values. The consumption of alcohol disrupts any Soldier’s ability to be combat ready, perform efficiently, and perform any given task with any sizeable gauge of success and accuracy. This directly affects our combat force’s readiness, and it is detrimental to success rate. The Army, in these instances, takes action against any negative actions described in Army Directive 2012-07 pertaining to alcohol, this being any form of abuse of alcohol: being under the influence of or impaired by alcohol while on duty, DWIs (Driving While Intoxicated) and DUIs (Driving Under the Influence), Underage drinking, providing alcohol to someone under 21, and/or any negative incident involving alcohol (fighting, child or spouse abuse etc.).

Medically What Alcohol Does To the Body
Alcohol is a depressant. A depressant slows down the central nervous system (CNS). Due to a slowed central nervous system, there will be a decrease in motor coordination, as well as reaction time, and intellectual performance. When higher doses are taken, the respiratory system will also begin to slow drastically which can lead to, and potentially cause, a coma or death. This all being said, it is particularly dangerous to mix alcohol with other depressants. Here is a short list of potential and commonly used depressants that are paired with alcohol: GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid), Rohypnol, Ketamine, as well as the large spectrum of tranquilizers or sleeping pills. Studies have been done on the use of one depressant (alcohol) in conjunction with other depressants, and the results reflect that depressants multiply the effect of both alcohol as well as the secondary depressant...
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