Heavy Alcohol Use Among Military Personnel

"Heavy alcohol use in the past 30 days decreased between 1980 and 1988, remained relatively stable with some fluctuations between 1988 and 1998, showed a significant increase from 1998 to 2002, and remained at that same level in 2005 (19%) and 2008 (20%). However, taken together, heavy alcohol use over the decade from 1998 to 2008 showed an increasing pattern (15% to 20%). The heavy drinking rate for 2008 (20%) was not significantly different from when the survey series began in 1980 (21%)."


Robert M. Bray, et al., "2008 Department of Defense Survey of Health Related Behaviors Among Active Duty Military Personnel, A Component of the Defense Lifestyle Assessment Program (DLAP)" (Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International, Sept. 2009), p. 46.