According to the report, substance abuse in the military and their families has become a public health crisis. Their findings showed that the Defense Department’s methods for preventing and treating substance abuse are outdated. Binge drinking in the military increased from 35 percent in 1998, to 47 percent just a decade later.
The new initiatives include:
- Random breathalyzer tests to Marine Corps members.
- Bans on some overnight liquor sales for U.S. military personnel in Germany.
- Barring American service members in Japan from leaving their residences after having more than one alcoholic beverage.