Have a little tipple after work, or do you end up having a stiffer drink at the weekend? New research from the US Government has revealed which jobs make people drink the most.
The research, which defined Heavy drinkers as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on five or more days in the past month, revealed that physical jobs topped the chart.
Miners and Construction workers made the top of the list, having the highest percentage of heavy drinkers in those occupations, and reassuringly it’s public caring roles such as health and education that the lowest rates of alcohol use.
With mining being dangerous, hot and dusty work it perhaps not surprising that mining comes out on top. The next set of occupations is Hotels and Restaurants workers and those in Arts and Entertainment.
The use of Illegal drugs by workers was also studied, with 19% accommodation workers taking drugs in the last month according to the survey. The second highest occupation was Arts and Entertainment followed by people working at a management level across different sectors.
Civil servants were the least likely to take drugs, with 4.3% taking illegal drugs in the last month.
The survey by the US government was commissioned at a time when heavy drinking and drugs are a problem for companies as the use of drugs and heavy drinking causing time off, health problems and low morale for workers – it’s bad for the workplace and bad for the bottom line. The US government claims it costs billions of dollars a year.
Whilst Britain doesn’t have the same amount of data recent studies have suggested that media workers drink the most in the UK. Other studies suggest that in recent years have seen an increase in the full-time employed turning to drink, rather than the unemployed. A 2013 study suggested that middle class professionals were among some of Britain’s heaviest drinkers.