Heavy alcohol consumption is a significant problem in the military, affecting both uniformed service members and their families.
Service members often use alcohol to cope with stress, boredom, loneliness and the lack of other recreational activities. Underage service members or children of service members are not immune to this problem. There are an estimated 10.8 million underage drinkers in the United States, and given the increased levels of stress in the military, our young service members, and children of service members are commonly affected.
Responsible alcohol consumption is one of the easiest lifestyle decisions TRICARE beneficiaries can make to maintain a quality life for themselves and their family members.