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Marines Face Random Alcohol Tests

And even a 0.1% result requires counseling
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2012 3:30 PM CST

(Newser) – The Marines have adopted what sounds like a zero-tolerance approach to alcohol. Beginning next month, all members of the Corps must undergo random Breathalyzer tests twice a year, reports the Los Angeles Times. Those who blow a .01% or higher—that's possible after a single drink—get referred for counseling, and .04% requires a visit to medical personnel to determine whether they're fit for duty.

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No other branch of the military has random mandatory tests, reports the Washington Times. The standards are much tougher than those faced by drivers in most of the US, with .08% the typical limit. The move follows a Pentagon study in September that found binge drinking to be on the rise throughout the military. Its authors recommended regular screening of troops. (Read more Marines stories.)

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