Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism During The United States Marine Corps

1223 Words Sep 30th, 2016 5 Pages
While watching the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism [NIAAA]’s online training activity for assisting with screening for and helping those with alcohol abuse disorder, the case that stuck out to me most was that of Darryl. At 35 years of age, Darryl was coming in for a routine health checkup and discovered that his drinking rate was considered to be on a scale of alcohol abuse (NIAAA). Much as in my own personal life, I had a moment of shock when I was undergoing a regular health screen during my tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps and realized that my level of drinking was considered a health concern. Much like Darryl who had friends who drank with him and did not feel as though their drinking levels were causing personal or professional harm, and thus not at risk for abuse or dependence, I did not feel as though I was doing anything unusual or putting my health at risk with drinking more than 4 drinks in an occasion (NIAAA, 2005, p. 4). However, when comparing my own behavior at that time to the DSM-5 criteria, as opposed to the DSM-IV criteria in the online training video, I would likely have been close, if not within, the criteria for Substance Use Disorder, as the DSM-5 no longer separates behaviors and criteria into alcohol abuse and dependence (NIAAA, 2016, p. 2). This personal experience, triggered by the question to relate most to one of the individuals in the online training’s case examples, allows me a greater relational ability to…

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