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0-0-1-3 is an alcohol abuse prevention guideline developed by the senior administration of the United States Naval Academy in response to a string of alcohol-related incidents that generated a large amount of negative publicity during the 2005-2006 school year. Its primary aim is to "promote responsible alcohol use" within the brigade of midshipmen, which it accomplishes by rendering the consumption of alcohol for recreational and social purposes virtually impossible.

Explanation of the name

A Midshipman is subjected to a random breathalyzer test

0-0-1-3 stands for:

  • 0 underage drinking offenses
  • 0 drinking and driving incidents (DUI's)
  • 1 drink per hour
  • 3 drinks per occasion

The three drink cap is the part of 0-0-1-3 that has contributed the most to its massive unpopularity among the brigade, as it is designed to ensure that no midshipman is able to achieve a blood alcohol content level above the Maryland legal driving limit of .08.


While the senior leadership at the Academy insists that 0-0-1-3 is only a guideline for responsible alcohol use, its enforcement has been tantamount to a campus-wide alcohol inquisition involving mandatory breathalyzer tests for all midshipmen regardless of age or rank. Those found in "violation" of 0-0-1-3 (evidenced by having a BAC above .08) are placed on record as having alcohol abuse issues, and repeat offenders are subject to severe administrative conduct action.


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