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The impact of attending alcohol-related incidents on police drinking patterns

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posted on 2000-01-01, 00:00 authored by J Davey, P Obst, Lucille Zinkiewicz, M Sheehan
Little research has been done that examines the impact of routinely dealing with alcohol-related incidents on police drinking patterns. This study examined the drinking patterns of a sample of employees from an Australian State police service (n = 4193) through the use of a survey (which included the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)). The survey requested officers to estimate the proportion and types of incidents to which they were called that involved alcohol. Analysis revealed that the median estimate, for all officers, of the proportion of incidents involving alcohol in their division was 50-74%. A significant relationship between dealing with alcohol-related incidents and officers' drinking patterns as measured by the AUDIT was also revealed. Assault was the only type of incident to independently predict drinking behaviour. A positive correlation was seen between the proportion of assaults involving alcohol and AUDIT scores.

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Journal

Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand

Volume

16

Issue

2

Pagination

163 - 168

Publisher

C C H Australia

Location

Sydney, N.S.W.

ISSN

0815-6409

Language

eng

Publication classification

CN.1 Other journal article

Copyright notice

2000, CCH Australia

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