Differential patterns of risky alcohol use and illicit drug displacement effects among young workers by employment type

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Decreases in risky alcohol consumption by young people have been widely documented. Although work role impacts drinking patterns, changes in alcohol consumption have yet to be examined among employed youth. It is possible that risky drinking has been displaced by increased illicit drug use among certain industry groups. We conducted secondary analyses of nationally representative Australian data from 2007 and 2016. Participants aged <30 years in paid work were eligible for inclusion (2007 N=2,176; 2016 N=1,911). Frequency analyses examined proportions who drank at risky levels (i.e., 5+ drinks on a single occasion at least monthly), used one or more illicit drugs in the past year, and approved of alcohol and cannabis use. Significant differences over time were assessed with z-scores. Logistic regression examined predictors of risky consumption and drug use in both 2007 and 2016.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventThematic Meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society: Youth drinking in decline - International Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland
Duration: 10 Apr 201912 Apr 2019


ConferenceThematic Meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society
OtherYouth alcohol consumption is declining across most high income nations, often alongside concurrent decreases in drug use and smoking. Researchers are increasingly focusing on the nature and underlying reasons for this decline. The program will be organised around the following themes:

1. Exploring the consistency of declining youth drinking trends within and between countries
2. Explaining the decline in youth drinking
3. Relationships between declining youth drinking trends and trends in wider youth behaviour and culture
4. Implications for public health, public policy and practice of declining youth drinking trends
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  • alcohol use
  • young workers
  • alcohol consumption
  • young people
  • illicit drug use


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