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Occupation as an Independent Risk Factor for Binge Drinking (The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse)

Publication Topics

Adult; Survey Research; 2005 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2005); Alcohol Use; Employment-based coverage; Social Determinants; California Health Interview Survey

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CHIS Journal Article

Publication Date

2012-07-02T07:00:00Z

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Abstract

Nearly one in four employees in installation, maintenance and repair were binge drinkers but management, business and financial workers also had high rates of binge drinking, according to this journal article in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

The research, which is based on 2005 California Health Interview Survey data and was co-authored by the late E. Richard Brown, the Center's founding director, found that physically-demanding jobs such as installation and construction as well as sales had the highest rates of binge drinking.

For instance, 22 percent of sales workers and 21 percent construction workers were binge drinkers, which is defined as consuming five or more drinks in a two-hour period in the past month.
 
However, 20 percent of office assistants and other administrative support workers and management, business and financial workers, who have higher educational levels and are presumably more aware of the negative health effects of alcohol misuses, also were binge drinkers.
 
About 17 percent of professionals were binge drinkers, the lowest rate of any of the occupations. Unemployed workers had even lower rates.
 
Distinguishing binge-drinking rates could help employers and policymakers target employee-assistance programs and preventive services aimed at specific occupations, researchers said.

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