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Camp Pendleton to Begin Strict Alcohol Control Program

CAMP PENDLETON (KTLA) — The U.S. Marine Corps is set to begin a strict alcohol control program in January.

Marines and sailors will be subject to random breathalyzer tests twice a year.

Service members who get caught with a blood alcohol reading of .01 or more will be referred for counseling.

Those who test at .04 or higher will be medically judged to see if they are fit for duty.

A .04 blood alcohol limit is half the legal limit for drunk driving.

The testing comes after a recent study found binge drinking among military personnel has increased.