Jobs with heaviest alcohol consumption revealed

The US' alcohol consumption was also shown to have increased between 2006 and 2010 despite the economic recession

Jess Staufenberg
Saturday 24 October 2015 10:40
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The research showed the industries in the US which drank the most alcohol on average
The research showed the industries in the US which drank the most alcohol on average

Many people turn to a pint on a Friday to mark the end of the working week.

But heavy drinking, in which five or more drinks are consumed in one sitting, appears to be more of a problem in some lines of work than others.

According to government data studied by Statista, the above graphic shows the ten top industries in the US where workers say they drink heavily each month.

Miners and builders report drinking the most, with 17.5 per cent of adults in the mining industry saying they drank heavily in the last month, and the construction industry not far behind on 16.5 per cent.

Niall McCarthy, a data journalist at Statista, found working down a mine shaft led more people to find a way to unwind at the end of the day. "Due to its dark, tough and dangerous nature, mining has been named as the industry with the hardest drinkers in the United States," said Mr McCarthy.

Miners and people working in the construction industry were the heaviest drinkers, according to US government data

Hospitality and food services came in third at 11.8 per cent, whilst manufacturing, agriculture and the retail trade came in eighth, ninth and tenth with more modest amounts of alcohol consumed.

Heavy drinking, or binge drinking, is defined in the study as five or more drinks on the same occasion, on five or more days in the past month.

The data comes as a study this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that binge drinking in the US has increased between 2006 and 2010, with a great cost to the economy.

About $249 billion (£162 billion) was lost to heavy alcohol consumption in the form of reduced workplace productivity, crime and health problems, which is up from $223.5 billion (£145 billion) in 2006.

“The increase in the costs of excessive drinking from 2006 to 2010 is concerning, particularly given the severe economic recession that occurred during these years,” said Robert Brewer, head of the CDC Alcohol Program and one of the study’s authors in a press release.

Middle-aged men are most at risk of alcohol poisoning in the US, Statista reported, suggesting industries with alcohol problems might be male-dominated.

An estimated 17 million adults and 0.9 million teenagers have an alcohol use disorder in the US, according to Statista.

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