As business owners, entrepreneurs, even department heads, managers, bosses, CEOs, any upper-level position in business really, we need to know the prevalence and the regularity of drug and alcohol addiction within the American workplace. The truth of the matter is that drug and alcohol addiction is very prevalent and very usual. Drug and alcohol addiction is a common and regular occurrence that makes for difficult situations and hardship left and right.
We need to know and understand that these issues and problems are quite regular and common, but in the same token we also need to recognize that some professions attract these issues more so than others do. Some professions and some areas of business tend to attract and make for a lot of drug and alcohol addiction, and some do not. Written below is an excerpt from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration on what they have to say about drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse issues in general:
“The SAMHSA survey wrote for all to see the exact numbers by different industries and found that drinking and drug use varied by type of job, depending on the job. The biggest numbers for heavy drinking the past month were seen in trades like mining and construction. Nearly 18 percent of miners are drinking heavily and frequently, while close to 17 percent of construction workers can say the same too. Rounding out the top five heaviest drinking professions were hotel and restaurant, arts and entertainment, and utilities to add to construction and mining. The lowest rates of drinking were seen in healthcare, education, government, and finance to name a few.
What we know from this is that miners drink more heavily than anyone else, and that could be explained by the stressful nature of the difficult and dangerous work involved. It could also be noted, though, that it may not be the job itself that dictates how people drink or why people drink. There are a lot of different points here that need to be considered. It may be that people who drink more or less are drawn to certain jobs. For example, miners are mostly young men, who are more likely to be heavy drinkers than people in other demographics are. In fact, young, male demographics are the most at risk for alcohol abuse and addiction.”
What this Means for Businessmen and Women
So what I take from this is that, if I were planning on going into business in mining, construction, hotels, restaurants, arts, and entertainment then I would put more attention and more direction on the business in terms of preventing drug abuse and excessive drinking. I would be paying a lot more attention to these areas than maybe I would be if I worked in a different field. That is to say that, I would keep a close watch and a close eye on the HR departments of those businesses to really ensure that any possibility of drug and alcohol addiction was totally locked down. I would make certain that drug and alcohol addiction was something that we could all watch out for and keep a handle on.
You really do have to watch out in professions like these. You really do need to keep an eye out, because drug and alcohol addiction can and will have a very dangerous and disturbing effect on a person’s business. Drug and alcohol addiction can and will rip into a business and cause intensive and excessive problems and crisis issues the likes of which may have never been experienced before. Because of these factors, watch out in these business areas, and make sure that addiction does not become the norm here.