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The Australian jobs with the highest rates of alcohol consumption

Australia’s biggest drinkers revealed: CEOs and tradies have the highest rates of alcohol consumption in the country – but farmers are catching up

  • CEOs topped Australia’s biggest drinkers, 77.9% had a drink in the last week
  • Carers/aides have the smallest amount drinkers – just 41.7% have a weekly drink 
  • Unemployed people are the second least-likely group to consume alcohol

Jobs with the highest rates of alcohol consumption have been revealed – with CEOs topping the country’s biggest drinkers, and carers and aides consuming the least. 

CEOs, general managers and legislators came in at number one, despite the percentage of workers who have a weekly drink declining by 2.9 per cent since 2015. 

Kitchen hands saw the biggest decrease in the amount of workers cracking one open – going from 63.7 down to 47.4 per cent for 2017-18.  

Design, engineering, science and transport workers’ rates of weekly drinking has remained much the same since 2015, only going up by 0.1 per cent last year.  

On average, tradies make more than $81,000 a year, which experts say contributes to their high rates of drinking – which has jumped by 5% to 77.5% in the last three years

Unemployed people are the second least-likely group to pick up a drink, sitting at just 42 per cent.

The figures show weekly alcohol consumption has stayed the same or gone down for all careers in the last three years, except tradesmen, farmers, and arts and media professionals who are drinking more. 

The number of farmers drinking took an 8 per cent hike to 76.6, but Flinders University Associate Professor Ken Pidd says this can be point down to stress, particularly with the onset of the drought. 

The number of farmers drinking took an 8 per cent hike to 76.6, but experts say this can be point down to stress, particularly with the onset of the drought

The number of farmers drinking took an 8 per cent hike to 76.6, but experts say this can be point down to stress, particularly with the onset of the drought

 ‘Whenever a job is stressful, physically or emotionally or psychologically, that increases patterns of risky drinking that could be why there has been an increase in consumption,’ he told The Daily Telegraph. 

Despite farmers’ drinking growing, skilled animal and horticulture workers have taken a more than 10 per cent dip in their drinking habits. 

On average, tradies make more than $81,000 a year, which experts say contributes to their high rates of drinking – which has jumped by 5% to 77.5% in the last three years.  

Tradies’ high disposable income can be compared to the lower rate carers and aides earn – making on average just $22 an hour.  

ABS FIGURES: Percentage of people from each workforce who had a drink in the last week 
JOB FIELD 2014-15 (%)  2017-18 CHANGE (%)
CEOs, General managers, legislators  80.8  77.9  -2.9 
Construction trades workers  72.5  77.5  +5 
Farmers and farm managers  68.6  76.6  +8 
Arts and media professionals   66.4  74.8  +8.4 
Design, engineering, science and transport 73.4 73.5  +0.1 
Specialist managers  75.4  72.4  -3.0 
Electrotechnology and telecommunications 71.9  70.8  -1.1 
Automotive and engineering trades workers  72.7  68.8  -3.9 
Managers   73.2  67.9  -5.3 
Technicians and trades workers   69.2  65.3  -3.9 
Business, human recourse and marketing  69.3  62.6  -6.7 
Education professionals   64.2  62.4  -1.8 
Protective service workers  53.1  61.6  +8.5 
Professionals   64.8  61.2  -3.6 
Clerical and administrative workers   60.3  60.0  +0.3 
Other technicians and trades workers   58.2  59.6  1.4 
Machinery operators and drivers  62.9  59.9  -3.4 
Health and welfare support  62.6  59.3  -3.3 
Sports and personal service workers  58.4  59.3  +0.9 
ICT professionals   60.4      58.3 -2.1 
Engineering, ICT and science technicians   65.6 58.1  -7.5 
Legal, social and welfare professionals   65.7  57.3  -8.4 
Hospitality, retail and service managers  65.7  56.2  -9.5 
Skilled animal and horticulture workers   66.1  55.3  -10.8 
Hospitality workers   61.6  55.3  -7.3 
Health professionals   55.2  53.9  -1.3 
Community and personal service workers   54  50.6  -3.4 
Labourers   52.4  50.6  -1.8 
Food trades workers  63.7  47.4  -16.3 
Sales workers   56.4  46.8  -9.6 
Not in the labour force/ unemployed   42.3  42  -0.3 
Carers and aides   48.4  41.7  -6.7 

Carers and aides have the smallest amount drinkers – taking a 6.7 per cent nosedive down to just 41.7 per cent last year.

Professor Pidd says the high rates of drinking for construction workers can simply boil down to tradie culture to knock back after work.

But he also noted that alcohol consumption has decreased from the 1980s when it was normal for builders to have a drink at lunchtime. 

CEOs, general managers and legislators came in at number one, despite the percentage of workers who have a weekly drink declining by 2.9 per cent since 2015

CEOs, general managers and legislators came in at number one, despite the percentage of workers who have a weekly drink declining by 2.9 per cent since 2015

High job security is another reason why experts believe tradesmen are known to drink. 

‘We’re still building and construction is up, tradie jobs are not in danger. If I were a tradie I would feel reasonably safe in my job,’ Demographer Simon Kuestenmacher told The Daily Telegraph.    

Another group of big drinkers are those in arts and media, who have increased their alcohol consumption from 66.4 to 74.8 per cent of the workforce having a weekly drink. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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