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NCJ Number: 121932 Find in a Library
Title: Highlights: 1988 Worldwide Survey of Substance Abuse and Health Behaviors Among Military Personnel
Author(s): R M Bray; M E Marsden; L L Guess; S C Wheeless; V G Iannacchione; S R Keesling
Project Director: R M Bray
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 65
Sponsoring Agency: RTI International
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Contract Number: MDA903-87-C-0854
Publication Number: RTI/4000/06-03FR
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This survey, the fourth in a series, gives detailed estimates of the world-wide use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco by active-duty American military personnel and the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse on their job performance. The survey also examines the health behavior of military personnel and their attitudes and knowledge about AIDS and how it is transmitted and prevented.
Abstract: Sampling and data collection techniques are described; 18,673 usable questionnaires were obtained from military personnel serving at installations worldwide and randomly selected from within certain pay grades. Data obtained from the 1988 survey indicate a continuing downward trend in alcohol use, drug use, and cigarette smoking among military personnel and a decrease in the negative effects associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Military personnel also showed an increase in positive health practices designed to promote good health. Social, economic, and ethnic profiles of personnel who abuse alcohol, drugs, and tobacco are included. Most military personnel report that they know how AIDS is transmitted and prevented.
Main Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Drug abuse
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV transmission; Military crime; US Armed Forces
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