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At Risk Occupations for Alcohol Use Disorder

At Risk Occupations for Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol addiction is quite prevalent in the United States, with more than 17 million adults having an alcohol use disorder. There are many factors that contribute to developing an alcohol use disorder. Occupation is one of the factors that influence addiction and drug dependence. Whether it is on the job, during breaks, or before and after work, alcohol abuse can create challenges in the workplace. Find out which occupations are more at risk and how to find help for addiction in the workplace.

Risky Business

Alcohol use disorder on the job can be quite costly for everyone involved. Other reasons it can be detrimental to a person’s health and a risk to their job:

  • Fatal accidents or premature death
  • Injuries and increased accident rates
  • Extra sick time
  • Loss of production and efficiency
  • Tiredness and sleeping on job
  • Theft
  • Poor decision making
  • Trouble with co-workers and supervisors
  • High turnover

Occupational Hazards

Jobs with high stress, increased physical demands, and easy access to alcohol can lead to higher rates of alcohol abuse. Some of the following occupations are at a higher risk than others:

  • Miners: heavy alcohol use is reported for nearly a fifth of people in the mining profession. Most miners work long, irregular house, and in isolated conditions. Dangerous work conditions can create mental health issues, including depression, which leads to self-medication.
  • Construction workers: construction has the second highest rate of heavy alcohol use. It can be stressful, especially when trying to meet a deadline. The work is physically demanding and the risk of injury is high. The instability of it may play a role in leading workers to drink through periods of unemployment.
  • Food service: food service workers have some of the highest rates of alcohol abuse. The nature of work provides easy access to large amounts of alcohol. The culture of food service is long hours, hard, demanding work and sometimes low wages. This may lead to mental health issues which opens the door to self-medicating.
  • Lawyers: high stress, long hours, and increasingly high expectations make lawry’s prime candidates for alcohol abuse. One in five lawyers, according to the American Bar Association estimates, struggle with alcohol abuse including depression rates that are higher than average. Lawyers are expected to appear professional and put together at all times, so the pressure can mount and create high-functioning alcoholism, which keeps it behind the scenes, but happening nonetheless.
  • Doctors: doctors work in high stress jobs with long hours and high expectations. Added pressures create responsibilities to the lives of patients and their families. Surgeons are not immune as they struggle with this as well.

Seeking Help

When a person seeks help for alcohol abuse disorder, there are many pathways to turn. Rehab is one of those pathways that can support an individual with addiction in healing with the right recovery tools. Detox is often the first step in the process. A detoxification process helps eliminate toxins in the body, provide medical oversight throughout and determine individual needs as they go through withdrawal. This is often the safest way to experience detox from alcohol. Serenity Recovery Center provides the assistance necessary, along with confidentiality, to select the right treatment that will take you the next step in your journey from detox to recovery and beyond.

Serenity Detox provides a tailored, professional experience that is comforting and confidential. We understand your needs in recovery from substance use and seek to support your needs mind, body, and spirit.  Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number to find out more: 866-294-9401