Hospitality sector hit by drink and drug abuseOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Alcohol and drug abuse is reaching epidemic proportions across thehospitality sector, as restaurateurs, hoteliers and their staff struggle tocope with stress and lack of sleep from shift work. A survey by Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine, found 97 per cent ofhospitality professionals believe alcohol and drug abuse is a problem for theirindustry. More than one in two reported that the combined effects have reached”worrying” levels. The survey of almost 1,000 hospitality professionals found 40 per cent ofrespondents had seen colleagues take illegal drugs while at work, and 59 percent had seen colleagues drinking to excess while on duty. Alcohol emerged asthe bigger problem of the two, with 99 per cent of respondents identifying itas a problem for the industry. The most common reasons given by people who took drugs at work were “tostay awake during the shift”, and “to help cope with stress”. Related posts:No related photos.