Text Size
Smaller
Bigger

Use this information to make an informed choice on your safe and sober participation in the labor market.

Based on information from The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, here are the occupations with the highest rates of illegal drug use (admitting to drug use within 30 days of being asked):

  1. Food service or food preparation worker 17.4% drug use
  2. Construction worker – 15.1% drug use
  3. Workers in entertainment, sports, design and the arts – 12.4% drug use
  4. Workers in sales – 9.6% drug use
  5. Repair, installation and maintenance workers – 9.5% drug use
  6. Workers in the forestry, fishing or farming sectors – 8.7% drug use
  7. Workers in the transportation and shipping sector – 8.4% drug use
  8. Building maintenance personnel – 8.2% drug use
  9. Personal service workers – 7.7% drug use
  10. Office or administrative assistants – 7.5% drug use

The heaviest drinking occupations (based on self reports of heavy drinking within a month of being asked) are:

  1. Construction workers – 17.8% reported heavy drinking within a month of being asked
  2. Repair, installation or maintenance workers – 14.7% heavy drinking
  3. Food service or food preparation workers – 12.1% heavy drinking
  4. Shipping and transport workers – 11.2% heavy drinking
  5. Sales workers – 10.2% heavy drinking
  6. Workers in production jobs – 9.7% heavy drinking
  7. Building maintenance personnel – 9.5% heavy drinking
  8. Farmers, foresters and those in fisheries – 9.5% heavy drinking
  9. Workers in protective services – 8.7% heavy drinking
  10. Engineers, architects and surveyors – 8.3% heavy drinking 

Many of the occupations with the highest rates of substance use and abuse are filled mainly with male and or younger workers.1

Examples of occupations associated with low levels of substance abuse include:2

  • Police officers and other justice workers
  • Bank tellers
  • Teachers
  • Bookkeepers
  • Therapists
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Child care workers
  • Dental aides, physicians and dentists
References
Share It Share this page on Google+, Facebook or Twitter Email It Send this page Print It Print friendly page Subscribe Subscribe to this topic category

Page last updated Aug 30, 2013

Creative Commons License
Copyright Notice
We welcome republishing of our content on condition that you credit Choose Help and the respective authors. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
24 hours ★ confidential ★ free
Helpful Reading
Understanding How the Alcoholic Thinks
Understanding the Insanity of Alcoholism: How the Alcoholic Thinks © Flood
One of the finest compliments I receive from recovering alcoholics is that despite the fact that I am not an alcoholic, I understand how their minds work. I have profound respect for all the old sayings in AA. Some are open to interpretation - the "insanity of our disease" is a literal statement. Read Article
Alcoholism September 21, 2012 (125)
For Teens: How to Quit Marijuana on Your Own
For Teens That Want to Quit Marijuana – 10 Situations That Lead to Relapse and 5 Ways to Overcome Cravings © John Steven Fernandez
If you prepare yourself for high-risk situations and learn strategies to prevent relapse you have a great chance of being able to quit on your own – learn how to succeed here. Read Article
Teenagers July 15, 2013
Your Partner Got Sober: Now You Need to Change!
Loving a Recovering Addict/Alcoholic. Tips for Navigating Your Newly Sober Relationship © Nromagna
As difficult as it is to love someone in the spiral of addiction, adjusting to life with a person in recovery is no small task either. Many of us found we lost ourselves while loving an addict/alcoholic. Now we start our own journey - one in which we focus on self. Read Article
Find Help In...
Like Our Site? Follow Us!

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.