BACKGROUND: Nationwide surveys identify food service workers as heavy alcohol users. OBJECTIVES: This article analyzes dimensions and correlates of problem drinking among young adult food service workers. METHODS: A telephone survey of national restaurant chain employees yielded 1,294 completed surveys. RESULTS: Hazardous alcohol consumption patterns were seen in 80% of men and 64% of women. Multivariate analysis showed that different dimensions of problem drinking measured by the AUDIT were associated with workers' demographic characteristics, smoking behaviour, and job category. CONCLUSIONS AND SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE: These findings offer evidence of extremely high rates of alcohol misuse among young adult restaurant workers.
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