While I enjoy a Jack and Coke as much as anyone else, the alcohol problem in the military is an unfortunate truth of the world. Alcohol abuse in the Marines is an especially noticeable problem, and unfortunately it’s not just limited to Saturday nights in the barracks. Too often the addiction to alcohol is carried home by the married Marines. There is nothing wrong with drinking in moderation, but moderation isn’t something commonly practiced by the average Marine in just about any context.
Typically, battalion ordered SACO and counseling is just a check in the box. Very rarely do these programs truly absolve the Marine from his demons, often driven by PTSD and depression. The Marine (or person in general) has to want to change in order to actually change. These programs are of good intention, but more often than not end up with just another Lance pissed off at the Marine Corps. It probably doesn’t help that the culture of the Marines itself is one of alcoholic encouragement–Marines coming fresh from high school, away from home with other like-minded individuals who think alcohol is just so super cool. Some grow out of it, but definitely not all.
Anyway, like I said, I enjoy a drink as much as anyone else. However: moderation is key.
In site news, look forward to some big announcements–though not all of them will be on the site…
Otherwise, have a great weekend. All seriousness aside, have a drink for me eh?