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ERIC Number: EJ1178385
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-1482
How Soldiers Perceive the Drinking Environment in Communities near Military Installations
Besse, Kelsey; Toomey, Traci L.; Hunt, Shanda; Lenk, Kathleen M.; Widome, Rachel; Nelson, Toben F.
Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, v62 n1 p71-90 Apr 2018
Excessive alcohol use among military personnel is a significant concern. A potential contributor to this problem may be alcohol-serving environments around military installations; however, limited information is available about these environments. We conducted focus groups and interviews with Army personnel from two installations regarding soldier alcohol use and experiences with the drinking environment surrounding the installations. Soldiers perceive that bars and restaurants near installations tailor their business to soldiers (e.g., drink specials) and these establishments are predatory toward military personnel. Soldiers also perceive that certain components of military service (e.g., military culture, peer pressure) are associated with excessive alcohol consumption. Results can directly inform interventions focused on environments around military installations to address soldier alcohol use and related problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (OASDHA) (DOD)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
Grant or Contract Numbers: W81XWH1410028