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Alcohol Disorders More Likely to Push Women Off Career Ladder

A new study reviewed the relationship between occupation and alcohol use disorders (AUDs) in workers during early adulthood to middle age, and the news for women in particular should give pause.

Investigators focused on the “substantive complexity” of work as an indicator of work trajectory — that is, whether individuals were progressing in their careers in terms of factors such as decision latitude and expanded work abilities.

Researchers reviewed factors such as drinking more than intended or unsuccessful attempts to cut down on drinking.

This analysis discovered AUDs were initially present in about 15 percent of men and 7.5 percent of women.

Lower work trajectory was linked to a higher rate of AUDs, both initially and during follow-up. For both men and women, career advances were associated with decreased AUD rates.

Although men had higher AUD rates, the association between AUD and flat or downward occupational trajectory appeared stronger in women. In contrast, higher education was more strongly associated with lower AUD risk in men.

Together with previous reports, the study suggests that “declining occupational trajectory is a consequence of AUD development,” rather than a predictor.

However, the link between AUDs and occupation appears to be “complex and reinforcing,” according to researchers John D. Meyer, M.D., M.P.H., of Icahn-Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and Miriam Mutambudzi, Ph.D., M.P.H., of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore.

They add that women’s career paths “may be more readily disrupted” by AUDs, compared to men’s.

Source: Wolters Kluwer Health

Alcohol Disorders More Likely to Push Women Off Career Ladder

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Alcohol Disorders More Likely to Push Women Off Career Ladder. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 19, 2018, from


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