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Nearly 10% of full-time workers report alcohol, illicit drug dependency within last year

Nearly 10% of full-time workers report alcohol, illicit drug dependency within last year
April 17, 2015

Nearly 10% of full-time workers were dependent on or abused alcohol or illicit drugs in the past year, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Researchers assessed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health for 2008 through 2012 to determine substance use among full-time workers aged 18 to 64 years in the United States. Heavy alcohol use was defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on 5 or more days in the past 30 days. Marijuana, cocaine, inhalants, hallucinogens, heroin and prescription-type drugs used non-medically were considered illicit drugs.

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