In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that military service members spend more days per year consuming alcohol than do workers in other industries.
That same year, more than half of all respondents (54.7%) in our Military Family Support Programming Survey said they thought alcohol use in the military community was a problem; just 15.6% said it was not.
What’s behind this? When describing others’ drinking habits, our survey respondents — which included service members and their spouses — were likely to describe emotional issues and coping mechanisms.
If you or someone you love is facing a challenge with alcohol use, seek out our available resources.