Title

Work Alienation and Problem Alcohol Behavior

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1995

Publication Title

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Department

Sociology & Anthropology

Abstract

Using a sample of production workers from union, nonunion, producer cooperative, and employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) wood products mills in the Northwest, we test the general proposition that work alienation, defined as low job autonomy, low use of capacities, and lack of participation in decision-making in the workplace, is associated with heavy drinking and negative consequences from drinking. We find that the general proposition is supported, but that the pathways tend to be indirect rather than direct, mediated by feelings of job satisfaction and respondents' beliefs about the utility of drinking as a means of coping

Volume

36

Issue

1

pp.

83-102

ISSN

0022-1465