Tracking it Down: Predictors of risky drinking in an Australian railway

Zinkiewicz, Lucy, Davey, Jeremy D., Obst, Patricia L., & Sheehan, Mary C. (1999) Tracking it Down: Predictors of risky drinking in an Australian railway. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 44(2), pp. 44-59.


In the present study, employees (N=4,979) of an Australian state railway were surveyed in order to determine self-reported employee alcohol use and the influence of work-related risk factors on this use. Male employees reported drinking more frequently than did female employees, with younger employees drinking more often than older ones. In comparison to Australian men in general (National Drug Strategy [NDS], 1996), male employees reported drinking less frequently. When compared to Australian women, female employees were the most likely employees to report drinking 5-7 days-a-week. Station staff were the most likely workstream to report problem drinking. Train crews did not report high frequency drinking or problem drinking, but reported using alcohol to sleep. Examination of risk factors previously associated with work-related problem drinking showed that gender, nights away from home for work, job satisfaction, and availability of alcohol were significant predictors of high frequency drinking. Shiftwork, overtime, time away from home, and job satisfaction were significantly related to using alcohol to get to sleep. These findings are discussed in the context of prior research into railway worker drinking.

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ID Code: 9232
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 0090-1482
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Rail Transportation and Freight Services (150702)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 American Alcohol and Drug Information Foundation (Lansing)
Deposited On: 30 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 18:40

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