Some occupations are more likely to experience higher rates of alcohol and drug use than others, according to a 1997 analysis conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Percentage of full-time workers, ages 18-49, reporting current illicit drug use and heavy alcohol use by occupation.
|Current illicit drug use||Heavy alcohol use|
|Executive, administrative and managerial||5.5||6.5|
|Technicians and related support||5.5||6.2|
|Food preparation, waitstaff and bartenders||11.2||12.2|
|Precision production and repair||7.9||13.1|
|Extractive and precision production||8.6||12.9|
|Machine operators and inspectors||10.5||13.5|
|Transportation and material moving||5.3||5.3|
|Handlers, helpers and laborers||10.6||15.7|
SOURCE: "An Analysis of Worker Drug Use and Workplace Policies and Programs," Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, July 1997.