Salvos fired up in de­fence drug claim

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

1. ADF is a re­flec­tion of wider so­ci­ety. There are some sec­tions of the ADF with a drink­ing cul­ture, which is no dif­fer­ent from wider so­ci­ety. Not ev­ery­one is a wan­ton pis­shead how­ever, just like wider so­ci­ety. 2. Drug and al­co­hol test­ing is ran­dom, reg­u­lar and strict. This prob­a­bly ex­ceeds wider so­ci­ety. 3. If sen­si­ble but nonethe­less re­stricted use of al­co­hol was en­dorsed in op­er­a­tional the­atres many of the re­pressed is­sues that lead to medic­i­nal drink­ing may well be averted. Posted by: Ran­dom of Qld You also have to look at the peer pres­sure. If some of this is a so­cial/ bond­ing prob­lem, a sol­dier is not go­ing to make a break from their ‘‘ group’’ to seek help and then be on the outer with their com­rades, es­pe­cially the younger ones out for good times when not on duty. Iso­lated or loner sol­diers may seek help but the prob­lem in­cludes groups. Posted by: Peg Asus of Townsville

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