Teensavers wanted to pass along an article today from the Associated Post’s Pauline Jelinek is opening eyes on the pill and alcohol abuse in our military.

Among the scariest statistics, 20 percent of active-duty service members reported they engaged in heavy drinking in 2008, the latest year for which data was available. (Heavy drinking was defined as five or more drinks a day as a regular practice.)

While rates of both illicit and prescription drug abuse are low, the rate of medication misuse is rising. Just 2 percent of active-duty personnel reported misusing prescription drugs in 2002 compared with 11 percent in 2008.

For more information on this study on the men and women serving our country, click HERE.

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