Drug and alcohol abuse is pervasive in the restaurant industry. According to the New York Times, food service workers have the highest rate of illicit drug use and the third highest rate of alcohol abuse among popular occupations. These problems are faced by individuals in every area of the industry, from famous chefs like Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmerman to the staff and management at a restaurant.
The prevalence of substance abuse in the restaurant industry can in large part be explained by the setting. The late-night shifts, abundance of alcohol, accessibility of drugs, and a progressive social culture create an environment ripe to allow substance addiction to flourish.
Nevertheless, there are things that can be done to reduce substance use and abuse in their workplace, and many restaurants have begun to implement these changes. For example, while the end-of-shift drink is still common in the restaurant business, but fewer establishments are offering this drink as a complimentary benefit to employees.
While the culture is shifting, it is still a work in progress. In the meantime, those struggling with addiction issues should seek professional treatment at the earliest opportunity.
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