Soldiers' alcohol problems alarm Army officials

HONOLULU (AP) - Army officials in Hawaii are expressing concern about soldiers' problems connected to alcohol.

Col. Mark Jackson in a Hawaii Army Weekly newspaper article says there have been an abundance of drunken driving incidents.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports soldiers between July and October were involved in 74 cases of impaired driving.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says illegal drug use is lower by soldiers than civilians but heavy use of alcohol and abuse of prescription drugs is more prevalent and increasing.

The institute says soldiers with multiple deployments and combat exposure are at the greatest risk of substance use problems.

Hawaii soldiers in an alcohol-related incident are required to take a two-day alcohol and drug program.

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