Jobs In Sobriety
Jobs that are high stress, physically demanding, have a high rate of depression and provide easy access to alcohol tend to lead to higher rates of alcohol abuse.
Construction had the second highest rate of heavy alcohol use in SAMHSA’s study with 16.5 percent. Construction work can be stressful, especially when trying to meet a deadline. Like the mining industry, the work is physically demanding and the risk of injury is high. The instability of the industry may also play a role in leading workers to drink, as many go through periods of unemployment and may not always have access to health/mental health care.
Food Service Workers
Bartenders and other hospitality professionals tend to suffer from higher rates of alcoholism As you might expect, food service workers, like servers, bartenders, chefs and restaurant managers, have some of the highest rates of alcohol abuse. The nature of the work provides easy access to large amounts of alcohol and sneaking drinks from behind the bar is pretty common in this field. Some restaurants/bars even offer employees a free drink when their shift is over.
High stress, long hours and high expectations make lawyers prime candidates for alcohol abuse. In fact, the American Bar Association estimates that one in five lawyers has an alcohol problem. The depression rate, as well as the suicide rate, is very high in this industry. Lawyers are expected to exhibit a professional demeanor at all times, so they’re usually good at hiding emotions or problems they may be facing. They often fall into the category of high-functioning alcoholics because they can lead relatively successful lives while struggling with alcoholism behind the scenes.
Like lawyers, doctors have high stress jobs that involve long hours and high expectations. As added pressure, they’re directly responsible for the lives and health of all their patients. Studies have found that one in ten doctors have problems with drugs or alcohol. Furthermore, a 2012 study by University of Washington researchers found that one in six surgeons meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder.
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