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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
Total 7.6  8.4
Executive, administrative and managerial 5.5 6.5
Professional specialty 5.1 4.3
Technicians and related support 5.5 6.2
Sales 11.4 8.3
Administrative support 5.9 3.5
Protective service 3.2 6.3
Food preparation, waitstaff and bartenders 11.2 12.2
Other service 5.6 5.1
Precision production and repair 7.9 13.1
Construction 15.6 17.6
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.