Substance abuse can be harmful to personal mental and physical well-being. It also takes a heavy toll on the economy. Alcohol and illicit drug abuse, including the misuse of prescription drugs such as opioids, costs an estimated $442 billion annually in lost productivity and health care costs.
While no industry is immune to the effects of alcohol and drug abuse, certain industries are more likely to be affected than others.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed alcohol abuse, illicit drug use, and substance use disorder — or SUD — data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to identify the industries where substance abuse is most common. Across 19 major industries, the share of full-time workers who report monthly excessive alcohol use ranges from 4.4% to 17.5%. Illicit drug use across these industries ranges from 4.3% to 19.1%.