A research team from the Flinders University decided to look into which professions were more likely to go for a coldie, and found that it’s not just the CEO you know that drinks a lot, but that plumber in Newcastle as well.
According to the data, CEOs, general managers, and legislators are the heaviest drinkers, in spite of the percentage of workers who drink weekly going down by 2.9% since 2015. Kitchen hands, meanwhile, saw the biggest drop in the number of workers cracking a cold one open, down from 2017’s 63.7% to 47.4% in 2018.
As for workers in design, transport, engineering, and science, drinking’s stayed pretty much stable since 2015, going up only by 0.1% in 2018. Meanwhile, the unemployed are the second least-likely to go for a drink, at just 42%.
The data shows that the general trend for weekly alcohol consumption is that its either stable or declining for most careers for the past three years, with a few notable exceptions. Farmers, arts and media professionals, as well as tradies, like that plumber in Newcastle, have been drinking more.
For farmers, where drinking spiked from 8% to 76.6%, Flinders University Associate Professor Ken Pidd says that that could be due to the stress associated with the job, especially given with the recent onset of drought.
Professor Pidd says that, when a job is particularly stressful, whether emotionally, physically, or psychologically, that results in increased patterns in risky drinking, which can then lead to increased alcohol consumption.
In spite of farmers drinking more, skilled animal and horticulture workers have been drinking less in general, with a 10% drop.
As for tradies, they make, on average, $81,000 annually, which experts say help explain why they drink as much as they do, with the drinking rate jumping up from 5% to 77.5% within the last three years.
In contrast, carers and aides have been drinking the least, with a 6.7% drop from 41.7% in 2018.
Professor Pidd says that the high drinking rate for construction workers is also built from tradie culture, which tends to knock back after work, but it’s still a decrease from the 80s, where builders having a pint at lunch was considered normal.