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US govt survey spots the sectors with heavy drinkers, drug users

Researchers say results are partly due to the types of people that work in those industries

DANGEROUS AND TOUGH WORK: Miners are the hardest drinkers in the federal survey. Eighteen per cent of miners are 'heavy drinkers', defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on five or more days in the past 30 days.


DRUG abuse - including and especially alcohol abuse - costs the US economy billions of dollars in lost productivity each year. New government data released this month can now tell us exactly which industries' employees drink the most, which do the most drugs, and where...

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