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Adolescents in transition: The role of workplace alcohol and other drug policies as a prevention strategy

Pidd, K., Boeckmann, R. and Morris, Mary (2006). Adolescents in transition: The role of workplace alcohol and other drug policies as a prevention strategy. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy,13(4):353-365.

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Title Adolescents in transition: The role of workplace alcohol and other drug policies as a prevention strategy
Author Pidd, K.
Boeckmann, R.
Morris, Mary
Journal Name Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 13
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1465-3370   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-33747609154
Start Page 353
End Page 365
Total Pages 13
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Field of Research 1117 - Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Aims: To assess ( 1) the alcohol and other drug ( AOD) consumption patterns of adolescent new entrants to the Australian workforce and ( 2) the association between these consumption patterns and workplace factors. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of 300 first-year apprentices ( aged 15 - 22 years) employed in South Australian workplaces was conducted. Findings: More than 40% of apprentices surveyed reported cannabis and alcohol consumption patterns that placed them at risk of potential harm. In addition, 19% reported drinking alcohol and 6.7% reported using cannabis during work-related hours. Workplace alcohol availability and the existence of workplace AOD policies were significantly associated with apprentices' consumption patterns. Apprentices employed in workplaces where alcohol was available used alcohol more often than those reporting no alcohol availability at work. Apprentices reporting an alcohol policy at their workplace reported less alcohol use compared to apprentices reporting no policy. Apprentices reporting a drug policy at their workplace reported lower levels of cannabis and alcohol use compared to those reporting no policy. Conclusions: Workplace factors, in particular workplace AOD policies, were significantly associated with adolescent AOD use both at and away from the workplace. These findings indicate that the workplace has potential as a setting for prevention strategies design to minimize AOD-related harms.
Keywords adolescents
workplace
alcohol
drugs
policy
australia
substance use
drinking
employment
consumption
behavior
cultures
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687630600700137   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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