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Chief Stoker said:Honestly George, I think the total ban at sea will increase instances of binge drinking as seen in other dry navies. The problem here is the lack of leadership and looking after ones winger to keep him out of the sh*t. I think we lost that and this is the result.
I agree. I have already seen that in the Army as far back as the '80's, with ALL ranks. Once you start treating the troops, of all ranks, like children, they start to behave like children when the strings are loosened.
Two things come to mind:
1. The alcoholic will always find a way to find their booze. There are programs and regulations in place to treat this problem.
2. When you treat all the troops like children, and then give them down time; a long weekend on an Army Exercise or a port call in the Navy, you will see them behave like children in a candy store.