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Addictive Behavior in the Workplace
Addictive behavior in the workplace
Paul M.Roman

Addictive behaviors affect many employed Americans and their dependents. Contrary to widespread imagery of homelessness, despair, and lack of social affiliations, the vast majority of those with alcohol or drug problems are “respectable” people who either are employed or are dependents of employed people. The significant presence of alcohol problems in the workforce was documented in a 1997 national survey indicating that approximately 7.6% of people in the full-time employed workforce are heavy drinkers and that approximately 7.7% are users of illegal drugs (Zhang, Huang, & Brittingham, 1999). According to the study, about one third of the heavy drinkers are also illegal drug users. For these prevalence reasons alone, these behaviors should be important concerns ...

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