Alcohol and other drugs affect many Australian workplaces, more than most people would expect. But it’s alcohol and other drug use in the mining sector that has been gaining considerable attention of late, writes Tara Oldfield from the Australian Drug Foundation.
Alcohol and other drugs in the mining industry
While it is reported that only 12 per cent of the mining industry workforce engage in illicit drug use, the industry records a higher than average rate of short term risky drinking with 21.9 per cent drinking high levels of alcohol at least monthly. Australian Medical Association (WA) President Dr Richard Choong says that mining workers suffer significant health issues as a result of the FIFO and mining lifestyle. “In this industry, obesity is on the increase, smoking and alcohol are higher than state and national averages and mental health issues are also on the rise. For instance, there is increased incidence of depression. However, all of these issues work not in isolation, rather in tandem with one another.” Why is the risk of alcohol and other drug use so much greater in the resources industry?
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