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Research and strategies for the primary prevention of workplace alcohol problems

Ames, Genevieve

Alcohol Health & Research World, vol. 17, issue 1, pgs. 19-27 (1993)

This article examines a sampling of research in the alcohol and workplace literature that establishes the need and provides the basis for developing alcohol prevention programs. The article briefly reviews findings from studies on alcohol-related problems at the work site, including employee rates of alcohol consumption during the workday, and then examines what is learned from emerging research about the relationship between the workplace environment and alcohol problems. Using this knowledge, strategies for developing programs to prevent alcohol problems will be suggested, emphasizing the importance of baseline research before a program is designed and the need for tailoring prevention efforts to meet the needs of specific workplace cultures.