We all get stressed at work, it’s part and parcel of work. There are good days, bad days and deadlines to hit. However, some jobs are more stressful than others and a number of industries are renowned for being incredibly stressful.
That stress is then dealt with in a number of ways as people look to cope. And for many, that means turning to drink or drugs.
It’s a huge problem for some industries and it can often filter into the workplace, with people drinking or taking drugs on the job to cope with the stress or to try and stay alert and awake to get through a shift.
Alcohol abuse is common in some industries these days, and the roles and the stress of them is a major contributor. But what are the industries where people are more susceptible to addiction?
Hospitality is one of the biggest industries to suffer with substance abuse. The industry as a whole isn’t in the best place at present, with it relatively low paid and more and more people turning their back on it from a career point of view following the pandemic.
That means staff are being even more overworked as restaurants and bars are understaffed and in order to cope and stay alert staff are taking amphetamines and other substances.
With alcohol front and centre in hospitality too, and often a free drink available post shift for workers, it’s enabling alcoholism in the workplace even further.
It’s believed as many as 14% of healthcare workers have a substance abuse disorder, which feels crazy for an industry in which they’re paid to look after people.
However, it’s high-stress, long hours and very little gratitude is given to workers, and unfortunately many people turn to substances to cope, with opioids the biggest problem.
High-powered white collar workers and people that work in the city are particularly susceptible to drug abuse, with cocaine a major problem that has led to cities such as London being described as cocaine capitals.
The pressure and stress of such roles is the main contributing factor behind this, and many businesses are now introducing the likes of drug testing and support to try and combat the problem.
It’s hoped that will try and solve what has become a bit of a pandemic in itself over the last few years.