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Carruthers, S., Boots, K. and Midford, R. (2002). Perceived and self-reported licit and illicit drug use among fishing industry workers on the mid-north coast of Western Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review, 21, (4), pp. 357-362. [RJ346]

This paper describes the perceptions of boat owners and regional health workers about the use of alcohol and illicit substances within the West Australian mid-west fishing industry. It also reports on the a survey conducted amongst fishing industry workers concerning their consumption of alcohol and illicit drugs while at sea and in port. Boat owners and health workers perceived that cannabis and alcohol were the most commonly consumed substances, a perception borne out by the results of the survey. Whilelevels of illicit drug use for this group were lower than those reported in the fishing industry in an Eastern Australian state (Queensland) they were nonetheless considerably higher than those recorded for the general population aged 35 years in a National Drug Survey. Alcohol use was particularly high and binge drinking frequently described. The results are compared with other industry findings and discussed in terms of occupational health and Safety. Recommendations are suggested for future prevention programs.

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