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HALPERN, Elizabeth Espindola  e  LEITE, Ligia Maria Costa. The Dry Law on Board: Preventive challenges in Brazilian Navy. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2010, vol.62, n.2, pp. 103-114. ISSN 1809-5267.

Alcohol consumption in Brazilian Navy daily life leaves the worker and the organization vulnerable to its harmful effects. The main purpose of this study is to investigate the patterns of alcohol use by patients of the Center for Chemical Dependency (CEDEQ), examining their involvement with alcohol in the workplace. The specific objective is to inspect how Brazilian Navy deals with the consumption of alcohol in the workplace. Through qualitative research, an exploratory research was performed concerning archives data of CEDEQ in order to be acquainted with its functioning, as well as the patients' profile. In addition, an explanatory research was made, using the ethnographic method, through participant observation in two therapeutic groups, during two years. The process of collecting and interpreting data was undertaken interactively rather than sequentially, in a retrospective and circular way, including the analysis of categories and the trajectory analysis. The results indicated that the lack of records and underreporting of information prevent the adoption of wider and deeper protective measures, reinforcing the ambivalent position of this institution that seems to both encourages and prohibits alcohol consumption on board.

Palavras-chave : Alcoholism; Military Personnel; Workplace.

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