The effects of alcohol and tobacco use on troop readiness

Mil Med. 1993 Jul;158(7):480-4.


Prior studies have documented the ill effects of cigarette smoking on soldier athletic performance. We examined the effects, if any, of cigarette smoking and alcohol use on troop readiness. A group of 510 soldiers was examined. They answered an initial questionnaire and then were followed in sick call for a 2-month period. The results of the study confirmed that cigarette smoking impacted adversely on athletic performance. However, we were unable to quantitate increased time off or away from duty as a result of cigarette smoking and alcohol use.

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Military Personnel*
  • Physical Fitness*
  • Smoking / adverse effects*
  • United States