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Does joining the police drive you to drink? A longitudinal study of the drinking habits of police recruits

Obst, Patricia L., Davey, Jeremy D., & Sheehan, Mary C. (2001) Does joining the police drive you to drink? A longitudinal study of the drinking habits of police recruits. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 8(4), pp. 347-357.

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Abstract

The current study tracks the drinking behaviour of new police recruits from their first day in the academy, after six months training, through to one year into training (N = 177). Drinking behaviour was assessed with the AUDIT, a well researched instrument for assessing risk of harm from drinking behaviour. The results showed that recruits risk of harm from alcohol consumption increased as their training progressed. These findings, based on a longitudinal methodology suggest that the police service and training process introduces recruits into a culture of alcohol consumption which may impact on their individual consumption levels.

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ID Code: 4500
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Police, Alcohol
DOI: 10.1080/09687630010019307
ISSN: 1465-3370
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy 8(4):pp. 347-357.
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:33

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