Accession Number : ADA299391

Title :   Alcohol Use and Stress During Peacekeeping Deployments,

Corporate Author : WALTER REED ARMY INST OF RESEARCH WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Adler, Amy B. ; Bartone, Paul T.

PDF Url : ADA299391

Report Date : 12 AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : The present study investigated the relationship between alcohol use and deployment stress during two peacekeeping deployments. Both operations involved U.S. Army soldiers deployed from Germany to areas in the former Yugoslavia. One set of soldiers (N=128) comprised a medical unit deployed to Croatia, whereas the other group (N=17l) was a border patrol unit deployed to Macedonia. Both samples of soldiers deployed for six months and were surveyed regarding their alcohol use and reaction to various stressors. Results indicate that 14.2% of the medical unit and 14.6% of the border patrol unit reported trying to reduce tension by drinking more alcohol than usual. Those soldiers reporting an increase in alcohol use also report experiencing significantly greater stress from boredom, isolation, separation from spouse, and unit leadership than those who rep6rted no alcohol increase. Limitations of the study and implications of the findings are discussed..

Descriptors :   *ARMY PERSONNEL, *STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), *ALCOHOLISM, STRESSES, DEPLOYMENT, LEADERSHIP, PATROLLING, ISOLATION, BOUNDARIES, SAMPLING, GERMANY, MEDICAL SERVICES, YUGOSLAVIA, BOREDOM.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE