Of these, 983 (53.5%) had filed a workers' compensation claim during the approximately five-year period of examination. Individuals with higher alcohol consumption were more likely to be male, have more years of driving, and a higher job-stress score. After adjustment for these variables, individuals with higher alcohol consumption were more likely to have a workers' compensation claim during this time.
"This means," explained Ragland, "that after holding constant those factors that might be associated both with drinking and injury - that is, being male, having more years of driving, and greater job stress - the results indicate that the more one drinks, the more likely one is to have an injury. These findings have implications for prevention, including not only changing at-work factors that affect off-work drinking but also strategies for decreasing off-work drinking."
"This study shows us several things," said Joel B. Bennett, consultant and president of Organizational Wellness and Learning Systems. "First, we learn that alcohol consumption is significantly related to work-related stress and to having worked more years on the job as a municipal driver. Second, it appears that 10+ drinks a week is the cutoff point for increased and subsequent compensation claims. Third, although compensation claims were also predicted by age, stress, and other factors, controlling for these variables left a significant relationship between the 10+ drinks/weekly and compensation claims. In short, the findings strongly suggest that frequent drinking is a risk factor for safety problems