Intoxicated workers: findings from a national Australian survey
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2011
© 2011 The Authors, Addiction © 2011 Society for the Study of Addiction
Volume 106, Issue 9, pages 1623–1633, September 2011
How to Cite
Pidd, K., Roche, A. M. and Buisman-Pijlman, F. (2011), Intoxicated workers: findings from a national Australian survey. Addiction, 106: 1623–1633. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03462.x
- Issue published online: 5 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2011
- Submitted 23 July 2010; initial review completed 19 October 2010; final version accepted 5 April 2011
Aims To identify prevalence of alcohol and drug use and intoxication at work.
Participants A total of 9828 Australian workers ≥14 years old.
Setting Australia 2007.
Measurements Work-place alcohol use and drug use, intoxication at work, industry and occupation of employment.
Design Secondary analysis of a large nationally representative survey involving descriptive and weighted multivariate logistic regressions.
Findings Differential patterns were identified by drug type, worker characteristics and occupational setting, controlling for demographic variables. Nearly 9% of workers surveyed (8.7%) usually drank alcohol at work and 0.9% usually used drugs at work. Attending work under the influence of alcohol was more prevalent (5.6%) than attending work under the influence of drugs (2.0%), and significantly more likely among young, male, never married workers with no dependent children. Hospitality industry workers were 3.5 times more likely than other workers to drink alcohol and two to three times more likely to use drugs at work or attend work under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Other high-risk industries and occupations included construction, financial services, tradespersons and unskilled workers.
Conclusion More than one in 20 Australian workers admit to having worked under the influence of alcohol and almost one in 50 report attending work under the influence of psychoactive drugs. The rates are higher for some industries, such as the hospitality industry, than others.