Harmful Drinking and Experiences of Alcohol-Related Violence in Australian Male Construction Industry Apprentices

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du Plessis, Karin, Corney, Tim ORCID: 0000-0002-1980-6835 and Burnside, Lewis (2013) Harmful Drinking and Experiences of Alcohol-Related Violence in Australian Male Construction Industry Apprentices. American Journal of Men's Health, 7 (5). pp. 423-426. ISSN 1557-9883 (print) 1557-9891 (online)

Abstract

This study sought to understand the prevalence of harmful alcohol use in a sample of Australian male construction industry apprentices and also examine alcohol-related violence. Although previous Australian research indicated that 45% of construction industry apprentices had Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test scores indicative of harmful drinking, the current study identified that 66% of construction industry apprentices were drinking at harmful levels. It also identified positive correlations between harmful drinking behavior and alcohol-related violence (and precursors of violence such as verbal abuse). The article notes the role of masculine identity in alcohol consumption, particularly as it relates to the male-dominated construction industry. The article concludes by making recommendations for implementation of preventative education campaigns in apprentices’ workplaces (or in training colleges), as it provides opportune settings to focus on high-risk groups, which are otherwise often difficult to access.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24847
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1557988313479965
Official URL http://jmh.sagepub.com/content/7/5/423.abstract
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Current > Division/Research > College of Arts and Education
Keywords alcohol, violence, occupational health
Citations in Scopus 11 - View on Scopus
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