Alcohol on DODMERB?

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  1. ParkCore

    ParkCore Member

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    So, this question has been asked over and over again. I'm still every confused. I've never used alcohol, nor do I use alcohol now. My sense of the word used is that of a negative sense; I feel it means that you've abused alcohol.

    I've been at family events such as New Years and weddings where I have been served alcohol, but never have I been intoxicated from alcohol. It's never been excessive and at most only 1 drink or a few sips, and it's only been at a few events.

    So the question, how do I answer? I don't use alcohol, I don't drink alone, I don't drink with friends. There's no drinking for me, except for the few times at family events.

    To give you a little insight on me, I'm the type of guy that would rather sit at home and study than go out on Friday nights. I study all the time because of my classes; they're all AP classes.

    So how do I answer this without getting myself in trouble later? Thanks!


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  2. Zero

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    Tell the truth, are you 21? Have you asked your detachment about it? Maybe they will offer different advice. If your parents let you taste it put that down. ex: Parents let me taste beer on Christmas Dec. 25, 1995 had one sip or whatever. It does not ask you to interpret what it says, it says have you ever used, it does not say have you ever abused. Abused is open to interpretation, used is not. If you don't tell the truth and someone says "no hes never really used it but he did drink once at a holiday party that his parents let him" then your in trouble. Just my .02$
     
  3. ABF

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    Honesty first... and always. Problem solved.
     
  4. beyond

    beyond KπΣ15'

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    When it comes to doctors "no" is always the right answer.


    ...except when they ask you "are you feeling well today," that'll get ya every time.
     
  5. PupNSuds

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    I thought that when I filled that information out it said that drinking for religious reasons or when offered it by a parent such as during dinner, were excluded. Maybe they've changed it though.

    I would be very surprised if they made an issue of your alcohol history so you might be better off just telling them about it anyway.
     
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I hope that was intended as a joke. To the OP, if you're unsure how to respond, try calling DODMERB's help line and ask for clarification. You will know exactly what the question means and then can answer it truthfully.
     
  7. Freda'sMom

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    Larry Mullen has previously advised candidates in the same situation to answer "No" to the question on the form.

    You can search "alcohol" under the DODMERB threads here on the forum and see his official answers to many similar questions.
     
  8. Zero

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    There is really zero reason to lie about it, it's the same thing for the drug use. People would advise you to say none, but then you can run into trouble done the road.
     
  9. Pima

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    Zero,

    Larry Mullen aka MullenLE on this site is really high up at DoDMERB. Directorate level. He was the last DODMERB mod/advisor on this site.

    JMPO, but I believe the help desk at DoDMERB exists because via this forum he realized that through social media fallacies were being placed out in the world, especially regarding DoDMERB.

    He was a great asset and long term posters will always say the following because of his guidance.
    ~ Waivers are a case by case issue and have all of your paperwork in order.

    Now back on topic regarding alcohol consumption. If you are under 21, and a parent provides the alcohol many states do not view that as underage drinking. Hence, why MullenLE said answer NO.
    ~ will it come up for TS clearance? Probably.

    My opinion is PM KP2001. He is a flight surgeon and could give you a better answer than any of us
     
  10. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Excellent point Pima. I recall that when we traveled I always checked the alcohol laws in the states where we were traveling to figure out if I could let the kid have a glass of wine with dinner. Some states allow it at 16, even in public restaurants. Others... not so much. In any case, I wouldn't consider such consumption to be underage drinking as, in fact, it is not. A lot depends on the circumstances.
     

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