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Prevalence of Substance Use among Executives

Posted by Soberman's Contributor on September 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM

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Are you aware of the prevalence of executives and professionals with substance use disorder? 

Data from a 2015 SAMHSA report reveals that:

Of the individuals employed in the management sector (e.g., business executives and other managers), 11.4 percent had a diagnosis of a substance use disorder within the year prior to the survey. This was the sixth highest rate of all the occupations surveyed. The average percentage of individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder over all occupations in the survey was 9.5 percent.

Past-month heavy alcohol use was reported by 9.9 percent of individuals employed in management. This was the seventh highest rate of all the occupations surveyed. The average rate of past-month heavy alcohol use over all occupations surveyed was 8.7 percent.

Past-month illicit drug use was reported by 12.1 percent of individuals employed as managers. This was the third highest rate of all the occupations surveyed. The average rate of past-month illicit drug use was 8.6 percent over all occupations surveyed.

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Topics: Addiction, Executives