Contrary to what some people might think, people who abuse drugs and alcohol often have jobs. A new study shows alcohol and drug use by occupation.
The study showed clear distinctions in substance use among different occupations. It was conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a government research agency. Data in the study was organized by occupation, and then by drug use, alcohol use, and substance abuse disorders.
Heavy Drinkers and Drug Users in the Work Force
Topping the list of heaviest drinkers were miners, followed closely by construction workers. Restaurant and hotel workers were third but were substantially less likely to drink than either construction workers or miners.
On the other side of the coin, drug use by occupation shows that restaurant and hotel workers proved the most likely to have used illicit drugs in the previous month. These workers were by far the heaviest drug users with 19.1% reporting past month illicit drug use while the next closest occupation, arts, and entertainment workers, had only 13.7% reporting drug use.
At a glance, the occupations that drug test the most were the least likely to abuse drugs. Miners, transportation workers, and public employees all used drugs relatively infrequently. Miners and transportation workers, including railroad employees, often use heavy equipment and employers tend to have a lower tolerance for drug use.
Least Amount of Drug Use by Occupation
Different jobs attract specific demographics, and different demographics use drugs and alcohol in different ways. It stands to reason that drug use by occupation lists show jobs that attract young people and men, both of which are high drug and alcohol use groups, will have higher rates of substance use.
However, when screened for age and gender, some jobs seem to use more or fewer drugs and alcohol.
Restaurant and hotel workers had high levels of drug and alcohol abuse, even when controlled for other factors. On the other end of the spectrum, healthcare, public administration, and education workers were unlikely to be heavy drinkers or drug users.
High-Functioning Drug or Alcohol Users Can Get Clean Today
Today, many people who are fully employed have drug or alcohol abuse disorders. Some experts estimate that as many as 50% of all alcoholics are the high-functioning kind with families and jobs.
But just because you maintain a job doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem. Substance abuse can ruin your career, take away your health, and destroy your family life. Children of people with substance use disorders are also much more likely to have substance use problems themselves.
If you know your substance use has gotten out of control or you are on the drug use by occupation list, maybe it’s time to seek treatment. If you need help detoxing from alcohol or drugs, Serenity House Detox can help you get clean and get on the path to a healthy and fulfilling life. Call us at 866-294-5306 to hear about how we can help you take your life back.