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December 2016

In This Issue Impaired Driving Prevention Impaired Driving Prevention Cont. Impaired Driving Prevention Cont. USNH Yokosuka Events Health Promotion Calendar Tobacco Cessation-Class Schedule Health Promotion Services Meet the Staff


Impaired Driving Prevention IMPAIRED DRIVING PREVENTION By: Ivette Moore, MS, CHES, TTS Health Promotion Director December is the month of frequent holiday travel. Social gatherings increase the risk for automobile crashes due to driving under the influence (DUI). In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that on average 10,000 people are killed annually by drunk drivers. Blood alcohol concentration levels of drivers exceeded the legal limit in approximately one third of traffic deaths. As noted by the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse prevention (NADAP, n.d.), irresponsible drinking threatens your health and career and the Navy’s ability to be mission-ready.


Impaired Driving Prevention


According to the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC, n.d.), many Sailors and Marines have ended their career or even lost their lives as a result of preventable crashes and DUI’s. The penalties for a DUI are serious no matter where you live. Even first offenses can devastate your career. You could face expensive fines, community service, and loss of driver’s license, probation, alcohol abuse treatment and even jail time (NMCPHC, n.d.). Therefore, awareness, education, and prevention strategies are vital in overcoming the challenges of the Holiday season. As the festivities draw closer, Sailors and Marines should take the necessary precautions to avoid drinking under the influence (DUI). Think before you drink. If you drink, don’t get behind the wheel. Celebrate responsibly without putting yourself, your family, and your friends at risk.

For more information contact the Fleet Activities Yokosuka Command Drug 3

and Alcohol Program Advisor (DAPA) at 315-243-2269 or USNH Yokosuka DAPA at 315-243-8667.

Blood Alcohol Concentration 4 (BAC) .02





Typical Effects

Predictable Effects on Driving

*Some loss of judgment. *Relaxation *Slight body warmth *Altered mood

*Decline in visual functions (rapid tracking of a moving target). *Decline in ability to perform two tasks at the same time (divided attention)

*Exaggerated behavior. *May have loss of small-muscle control (e.g., focusing your eyes) *Impaired judgment *Usually good feeling *Lowered alertness *Release of inhibition

*Reduced coordination. *Reduced ability to track moving objects. *Difficulty steering *Reduced response to emergency driving situations

*Muscle coordination becomes poor (e.g., balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing) *Harder to detect danger *Impaired judgment, self-control, reasoning, and memory

*Concentration *Short-term memory loss *Speed control *Reduced information processing capability (e.g., signal detection, visual search) *Impaired perception

*Clear deterioration of reaction time and control. *Slurred speech, poor coordination, and slowed thinking

*Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately

*Far less muscle control than normal *Vomiting may occur (unless this level is reached slowly or a person has developed a high tolerance for alcohol) *Significant loss of balance

*Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing

References Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention. (n.d.). Keep what you’ve earned. Retrieved from


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (n.d.). Impaired driving. Retrieved from Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center. (n.d.). Celebrate safely this holiday season: Drink responsibly. Retrieved from HPW_December_Drunk_Driving_FS.pdf










Meet The Staff

From left to right: Mrs. Mary Cobb (Secretary), LT Daniel Crouch, HM2 Napoleon Pareja, HM3 Prince Delyons (Health Tech.), HM1 Andreas Raigoza (LPO), HN Bennett, Mrs. Ivette Moore (Health Promotion Director)


Balance December 2016