Part 1: Addiction in the Hospitality Industry
By David Puck, Program Director (reprinted with permission from MLBA)
Substance abuse in the hospitality industry isn’t new. In fact, in modern culture and films, the use of illicit drugs and heavy alcohol use has been portrayed as something that’s normal in the industry.
Attemping to find a reason or reasons why workers in the hospitality industry abuse drugs and alcohol at such a high percentage is nearly impossible. However, there are many causes that are well-known.
The foodservice industry employs a staggeringly young workforce. Younger people, especially in their late teens and early 20s are more likely to abuse drugs.
Employees who abuse drugs and alcohol are not only damaging to themselves, but to their employers as well.
It’s likely that a number of different solutions could help resolve the issue of addiction in the hospitality industry. Some solutions may work well in some establishments while that same idea may fail miserably in another. However, ignoring the problem entirely isn’t going to fix anything.
Addiction in the hospitality industry is nothing new, which is part of the problem. Without addressing the issue and taking the proper steps to solve the problem, the hospitality industry is going to continue to have the highest rates of drug and alcohol abuse among all industries.
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