Working Sober: The Transformation of an Occupational Drinking Culture

Working Sober: The Transformation of an Occupational Drinking Culture

by William J. Sonnenstuhl


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Americans assume that workers do not drink on the job and that, if they do, it is because they suffer from alcoholism rather than because they are conforming to occupational expectations. William J. Sonnenstuhl disagrees. He contends that some occupational cultures encourage heavy drinking. Moreover, his research suggests that the sense of community which motivates drinking can also sometimes inspire workers to break the pattern and work sober.

Revised and updated, this report addresses questions often raised by employers and union leaders developing job-based programs to help alcoholic and other troubled employees. This new edition discusses the efforts of EAP workers, the historical development and key components of EAPs, and the importance of balance in program strategies and in corporate and union responsibilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801432675
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 03/14/1996
Series: 6/30/2008
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William J. Sonnenstuhl is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Department of Extension, Cornell University, Associate Director of the Smithers Institute for Alcohol-Related Workplace Studies, author of Working Sober, and coauthor of Member Assistance Programs in the Workplace, also from Cornell.

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