Stress and Alcohol Use among Active Duty PersonnelObjective: This study is being conducted to determine if there is an association between work-related stress and heavy drinking among active duty military personnel. We propose that there those with higher work-related stress levels are more likely to drink heavily compared to those with lower work-related stress levels among active duty military personnel. Previous studies have shown increased alcohol related stressors in the presence of work related stress.
Results: Among enlisted personnel, the rates of drinking and the prevalence of alcohol-related problems was higher for men than for women. Among both enlisted personnel and officers, women showed equal or higher rates of productivity loss than men across different levels of alcohol use. A higher rate of drinking and driving among male and female officers compared to enlisted personnel was found. Compared to enlisted personnel, officers overall had lower rates of dependence symptoms and lowers rates of other serious consequences.