Liquor has reached all-time high in the US military. This is because alcohol has been part of military life even before the formation of the units that currently makes up the US army. Ever since I joined military, over 20 years ago, I have realized that the army has been unable to lower poor drinking behaviors within the military. Researches shows that those between 18 to 25 years of age tend to drink liquor more than their civilian counterparts.
When I first checked into my first time into the military, I was with three other soldiers. By nightfall, we had managed to move all our belongings into the barracks and I noticed confusion forming on the balconies. Everyone was coming with his liquor, even though it is prohibited in the barracks. However, I noticed that drinking in the military is an accepted part of their culture.
Liquor in the army was introduced long time ago- Rum was the main currency in ancient colonial Australia. New South Wales army bought up the entire rum that was transported where they established a 17 year monopoly on the trade of Rum. When Governor Bligh attempted to put an end to it, he was overthrown in the only armed takeover of the government during Australian history. The rebellion was known as Rum Rebellion.
Liquor was not served to troops on ships-During prohibition, liquor was not served to the army on ships, but since they thought it was good for their morale, they ensured there was liquor every now and then, just off the ship. They were prohibited from drinking on the ship, but they could come in drunk. How funny!
Morale booster for the army-the reason as to why alcohol is allowed in the army is because they consider it good for morale and energy. It has been used throughout the war history.
Front soldiers are given liquor- during World War II; every soldier at the war front was offered a daily ration of vodka. They would take a shot in most cases.
Soldiers are offered liquor every 2 weeks-World War II soldiers drunk more than their predecessors of World War I. This is because army officers were given up to one bottle of hard liquor in every two weeks.
Liquor causes violence in the army-75% of violent offences in the army are alcohol related. Resources and time are also wasted on treating those injured through the misuse of alcohol.
Age is just but a number-when you may think that under-age drinking is prohibited in the army, you are wrong. In fact, very little is done with those in lower leadership turning their heads off whenever they see it. I used to hear other soldiers say that “if you are old enough to serve your country, then you are old enough to enjoy a beer or two”
There is a golden rule-I never knew there was a golden rule in the barracks when drinking. The golden rule was that, “if you are to partake, do so when the doors are closed and keep your mouth shut” this is because liquor is not allowed in the barracks and things can go wrong if one is caught.
Divorce-according to conducted studies, there is a relationship between alcohol and divorce. The study confirms that a third marital issues and divorce among the military arises as a result of alcohol abuse.
Alcoholism problem is high in the army-Whenever I don’t feel like taking energy drinks, I and my army friends make use of online resource for liquors to find the best, especially when we are on to have fun during weekends, or when we wanted to numb the pain. Rum is still my favorite drink and I learned a lot about rum from otheralaska.com.
Even though army considers alcohol to be good for them, we cannot ignore the fact that liquor can to some extent affect overall performance of the army as it might reduce their efficiency. I developed a short-lived drinking problem upon my return home. No soldier loves to be seen as weak and so I suffered from this problem in silence. I would hide rum in a water bottle I picked up from outdooraid.com and drink it as I was drinking water. Thank god I was able to get help my bottle no longer carries rum. This alcohol problem is why army is concentrating more on giving energy drinks to soldiers rather than liquor where necessary.