Being “first to fight” requires Marines to always be ready when called upon to defend our country anytime and anywhere. Readiness implies that each person is prepared physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. 

Since we do not always know when Marines will be called upon to do the extraordinary, they must plan how to increase their fitness and readiness levels daily and through ordinary choices. Many of these choices will likely center around alcohol consumption which affects readiness on all levels.

Consider the following and strive to achieve these low-risk choices:

  • In making low-risk choices about drinking alcohol, plan ahead for the quantity and frequency of consuming alcohol. 
  • Don't drink alcohol if you're the designated driver.
  • Remain aware of what is considered a standard drink*
  • Only have one standard drink per hour
  • Never have more than three standard drinks in one day*

* One standard drink is defined as either 12 ounces of beer, four ounces of wine, or one ounce of 100 proof liquor.

*Studies indicate that men should have no more than three standard drinks, and women should not have more than two standard drinks in one day due to physical differences between males and females.

For more information, contact your local Substance Abuse Counseling Center (SACC).