MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The holidays are a time to celebrate, but celebrations can become dangerous situations when alcohol is involved, said a Navy official Dec. 17.
"One unfortunate consequence of the holiday season is a sharp increase in alcohol-related accidents and deaths," said Dorice Favorite, director, Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Office (NADAP). "NADAP continues to encourage commands to stress the importance of responsible use of alcohol and driving safe and sober during the holidays"
There has been a significant drop in driving under the influence (DUI) incidents in recent years.
"Thanks to everyone's efforts the message has been received loud and clear. Over the past four years, DUIs incidents have decreased by 44 percent Navy-wide between the timeframe of Dec. 22 through Jan. 2," continued Favorite. "
No one wants a DUI, but for Sailors it may be worth reiterating that a DUI is listed as among the negative performance indicators considered by selection and promotion boards. It could also result in mandatory participation in a rehabilitation program, adverse performance evaluations and fitness reports, relief for cause, and reduced career opportunities.
"While the number of DUI reports in the Navy has declined during the Holiday season, commands must continue their effort in preventing drinking and driving." said Favorite. Suggesting:
* Continue to sustain an aggressive prevention campaign through various media channels. NADAP provides a variety of substance abuse prevention campaign materials available through the Navy Logistics Library.
* Ensure Sailors are aware of "Safe Ride" programs available in the local area.
* Deglamorize alcohol use, and emphasize responsibility and moderation at all times.
NADAP supports Fleet readiness by fighting alcohol abuse and drug use.
For more information and resources visit the NADAP at www.nadap.navy.mil.