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Keep What You've Earned

This month and every month

Did you know that one in five heavy drinkers in the Navy has experienced serious consequences as a result of drinking ? Although April Alcohol Awareness Month is coming to a close, responsible drinking is a year-round priority for the Navy.

You can help prevent alcohol abuse and the associated consequences by choosing to drink responsibly every time you choose to drink. Here's what you need to know:

- Plan ahead for a safe ride home
- Don't try to keep up with others
- Know your limit, before you get there

This month the Navy also supported Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Approximately half of all sexual assaults involve alcohol consumption by perpetrator, victim, or both, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism .

Being an active bystander is one way you can prevent alcohol abuse and sexual assault. If you recognize a potentially negative situation, you have the power to speak up and intervene before an incident occurs. Protect your fellow shipmates and help them keep what they've earned.

Next month the Navy will be launching its annual survey in recognition of the two-year anniversary of the "Keep What You've Earned" campaign. The anonymous survey asks you about any changes you've noticed in the drinking habits of your peers and shipmates and your awareness of alcohol abuse prevention efforts like the Keep What You've Earned campaign.

Stay tuned for the launch of the survey in the coming weeks. For more information on how you can encourage responsible drinking, visit www.nadap.navy.mil.

For more resources on sexual assault prevention, visit the Sexual Assault Awareness Prevention Month Webpage: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/21st_Century_Sailor/sapr/Pages/SAAPM.aspx