PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- As part of an ongoing training program to prevent alcohol-related incidents (ARIs), the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducted destructive decision awareness training aboard the ship's auxiliary barge Jan. 23.
Sailors learned about the consequences of alcohol misuse and resources they have to help avoid ARIs.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol is the most commonly abused substance among young adults. Alcohol impairs brain function and can reduce night vision by up to 25 percent.
Command leadership asked that Sailors exert positive peer pressure to help prevent ARIs.
"We want our Sailors to positively influence each other so everyone remains safe and is ready to work toward our mission," said Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Mark Bather. "We want Sailors to make the right decisions so they are not endangering lives."
Senior Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate (AW/SW) Lora Porter talked with Sailors about specific consequences of alcohol misuse or abuse.
"We are helping our Sailors to understand the negative impact that irresponsible use of alcohol could have on a Sailor's career, personal life, shipmates, family members; the list could go on and on," said Porter. "If you have to ask yourself if you should get behind the wheel, you should not get behind the wheel."
Porter encouraged Sailors to use command resources available to prevent ARIs, including Safe Ride, which helps Sailors with cab fare; Truman Connection 4-5-6, a group of petty officers who provide free transportation; and Hell's Angels, a group of second class petty officers who provide safe rides to their shipmates.
"In addition to Truman's command resources, Sailors can always pick up the phone and call their leading chief petty officer or leading petty officer," said Porter. "I will wake up and come get my Sailors if they need me. Truman's chief petty officers, division officers, department heads and shipmates would rather come get a Sailor in the middle of the night than see them in get an ARI."
Truman is undergoing a docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard to conduct maintenance and refurbish shipboard systems.
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