The Navy’s ‘0-0-1-3 Alcohol Use Philosophy’


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.

This is not the first time the Navy has instituted this “philosophy.” In its Navy form, it appears to have been born out of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

8 thoughts on “The Navy’s ‘0-0-1-3 Alcohol Use Philosophy’

  1. “Land of the Free”

    Where adults are divided into groups of first and second class citizens per The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984.

  2. “This policy is not out to abolish drinking.”

    -Unless you are a responsible adult 18-20 years of age- in that case a no-tolerance policy is in effect.

    When the federal government handed down a totalitarian mandate back in 1984- telling the states that they would no longer be permitted to set their own drinking age- was this also meant to prohibit 18-20 year old servicemembers from drinking on liberty overseas?

  3. “was this also meant to prohibit 18-20 year old servicemembers from drinking on liberty overseas?”

    It depends on the laws of the country. For example, Canada’s legal age is 19 and Sailors are expected to follow the law…just like everyone else.

  4. So, outside “The Land of the Free” responsible adults may enjoy freedoms that we do not have here.

    In Canada, a 19 year old may responsibly “use” alcohol. In an identical situation here- the 19 year old’s use would become abuse.

  5. Interesting that this topic falls under “Crime” and Justice- not personal responsibility & individual liberty, etc.

    I put together a You Tube video on our National Minimum Drinking Age- click on my name above to view it.

  6. Alex, get off you bandwagon, preach to others that want to listen to your garbage… far as 0-0-1-3 goes, it is a move in a positive direction. Maybe this will led to 0-alcohol related incidents, 0- alcohol related deaths, 1- great time and 3- mothers/fathers/sisters and brothers that will not have to bury there family members this month.

  7. So this is not a “use vs. abuse” issue?

    The responsible use by a 21 year old- would be abuse in an identical situation if the drinker is 18-20?

    No-one is defending or promoting worst case scenarios of abuse: “mothers/fathers/sisters and brothers that will not have to bury there family members”

    Since we are working so hard to spread freedom across the globe, would it be OK for a responsible, 20 year old adult to enjoy a cold beer here in the USA?

    It might enhance federal credibility/believability in terms of individual responsibility, the concept that wars fought overseas are to protect and defend American freedom, etc.

    My “responsible, 20 year old adult” example is meant to apply to all adults- 18 and up -whether they are in the US Armed Forces or not.

  8. The no DUI policy is a positive step for the military as DUI’s typically create a lot of problems for servicemen/women as well as non-military personnel. Luckily as an Idaho DUI Defense Pocatello Idaho lawyer, there aren’t too many servicemen/women who have issues with DUI’s here in Southeast Idaho. Hopefully this isn’t a one DUI and your out policy.

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