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

K Pidd, R Boeckmann, Mary Morris

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    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. � 2006 Informa UK Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)353-365
    Number of pages13
    JournalDrugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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