We got a tip last week in the newsroom that the U.S. Navy, in some way, shape or form, was implementing some sort of new drinking policy for its service members.
Vague, yes. So in an effort to get to the bottom of the story, Ed Friedrich, our military and transportation reporter, made some calls to local public affairs officers. None of them had heard of any such “policy,” being implemented.
I revisited the tipster, who said it had something to do with “0-0-1-3.” And then I consulted Google.
Turns out “0-0-1-3″ is not relatively new. I found the “Penny
Press,” the newsletter of the USS Abraham Lincoln. And in its March
20, 2009 newsletter — about one month before the Lincoln headed
across Puget Sound to Bremerton for maintenance — they talk of this
“alcohol use philosophy.”
In short, the first “0” means no drinks for those under 21. The second one means no DUI offenses. The “1” stands for one drink per hour for those who are 21 (and aren’t driving). And the “3” means no more than three alcoholic beverages in one night.
The article quotes Lincoln Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick Hall as saying: “This policy is not out to abolish drinking.” Rather, it’s to curb binge drinking — and the consequences that can come with it.
“There are times during a long Saturday afternoon BBQ that you may go over three drinks, but it’s still a good tool to be aware of your condition,” Hall’s quoted as saying.