Hotel workers' substance use and abuse

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This study investigates the usage of tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis among hotel employees in the resort city of Eilat. Data obtained from a sample of 458 respondents, drawn from three hotel chains, provides evidence of workers' substance consumption in light of their socio-demographic backgrounds and specific job characteristics. The results indicate a higher rate of substance use among study participants in comparison to the average in Israeli society. Substance use was found to be the most prevalent among young, single male employees with relatively low levels of education. In terms of job characteristics, front-of-the-house employees were more prone to binge drinking than back-of-the house employees. It is suggested that work-related programs and policies, such as sensible drinking workshops and smoking cessation programs, may help prevent alcohol misuse and reduce extensive substance use among hotel staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1292-1302
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012


  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • Cigarettes
  • Human resource management
  • Organizational behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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