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Bar staff more likely to become alcoholics: study

Bar staff more likely to become alcoholics: study

Published: 05 Sep 2012 07:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 Sep 2012 07:00 GMT+02:00

Bar and restaurant workers in Sweden run a higher risk of alcoholism than the rest of the population, with young women at greatest risk, a study published Tuesday showed.

The research, which appeared in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health and surveyed 1,000 people aged 18 to 59, concluded that "restaurant workers comprise a high-risk group with respect to drinking."

"The prevalence of hazardous drinking is greatly elevated in Swedish restaurant workers" compared to other professions, it said, noting that 63 percent of the bar and restaurant employees surveyed had hazardous drinking habits.

Some 600 people in the industry took part in the study, and around 400 in other sectors. The results were based on respondents' answers on their drinking habits in a questionnaire.

Young women between the ages of 18 and 29 were at greatest risk, with 82 percent of them drinking hazardous amounts, compared to 72 percent of men in the same age range.

The results were not a surprise, one of the authors of the study, Swedish sociologist Thor Norström, told AFP.

"Previous studies pointed in this direction," he said, citing research done in the United States and Norway.

A union representative for the bar and restaurant workers, Stefan Eriksson, told Swedish news agency TT the numbers were "tragic".

"We can only talk to the owners, they are responsible, and make sure they have programmes against (excessive consumption of) alcohol, that they want to change the culture and that they have a strict attitude and clear rules. They don't, in a lot of cases," he said.

The phenomenon has two plausible explanations, authors said.

Either the bar and restaurant industry attracts people who have a high alcohol intake from the outset, or that the stressful work environment and availability of alcohol are conducive to extensive alcohol consumption.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:11 September 5, 2012 by Darwinder
Come on people, common sense, its like saying there is a new study that Dentists are more likely to have clean teeth and less teeth problems, comes with the territory.
14:07 September 5, 2012 by Programmeny
This study has been done by some bored undergraduate or graduate students taking some statistics course that required them to do some practical work. And they came up with this hypothesis before having the results, and when they got the results they modeled them so it fits their hypothesis. This is based on idiotic assumption that having access to something makes you more susceptible to becoming addicted to it, when in fact is the exact oposite.

For example: Children under strict regulation from their parents are prone to experiment with things to a greater extent (sometimes over the top) when they do get access to those things (for example when leaving for college).

In the same regard, someone working in a bar is more aware of the consequences of alcohol and sees drunk people and alcoholics everyday. As such, the study should have showed the exact oposite: That people working in a bar are less prone to become an alcoholic, just as social workers dealing with drug addicts are less prone to become drug addicts themselves.

Or, in other words, just as the Netherlands saw a decrease in marijuana users when it was legalized. Or, if you want to prove it in the other direction: just look at the way Swedes get drunk. Getting drunk is not enough for them, they have to get completely wasted. Why? Scarcity of alcohol, prohibitive prices, etc. As such, when they do get their hands on alcohol, they will stop at nothing until it's all over.
02:11 September 6, 2012 by saab
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