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Employment, Job Situation and Excessive Use of Alcohol

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Weiss, Walter (Schweizerische Fachstelle für Alkoholprobleme, Lausanne)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Marktforschung (IMR), Zuerich (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Work and Industry
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Working conditions
    • Employment
    • Drug abuse, alcohol and smoking
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
  • Abstract

    Work satisfaction and description of job demands. Information on use of alcohol and use of tobacco as well as social contacts. Topics: work and occupational satisfaction; detailed information about type and frequency of contacts with colleagues or suppliers and customers in the course of work; work conditions, work description, work demands and detailed description of work carried out; work under pressure of time; piecework; satisfaction with social contacts during work; arrangement of the assignment of work; work satisfaction (scale) and judgement on recognition of achievement experienced; problems with colleagues; leadership duties; self-determination of the course of work; concentration demands at work; benefit of the activity for the ´public´; attitude to acceptance of responsibility; work orientation; time worked each week including overtime; time expended for the way to work; taking work home; flexible arrangement of working hours and establishing of work breaks; possibility of injuries and damage to material in the work; perceived work stress; adequate training for current activity and perceived prospects of promotion in comparison with colleagues; career orientation; relationship of wages and achievement; satisfaction with wage income; difficulties to find a comparable position; lay-offs in the company. Assessment of personal condition of health; type and frequency of leisure activities; visits to the doctor in the last year; impact of accidents; sleep disturbances; general use of medication as well as use of sleeping pills and tranquilizers and pain-killers; use of stimulants; smoking habits; attempts to quit smoking; drinking habits in a restaurant; use of alcohol in manner and extent in the course of the last week; motive and place for use of alcohol; intensity of use of alcohol (scale); age at begin of use of alcohol; use of alcohol by parents, alcohol at meals; times of reduced and increased use of alcohol; alcohol at work; occupational reasons (inviting customers) for use of alcohol; use of alcohol with colleagues. Satisfaction with occupation and job; most important reason to change place of work; perceived job security; atmosphere at work; company size and company employment; satisfaction with employer benefits; employment in the evening and on the weekend; active participation in clubs; frequency of contacts with friends as well as with colleagues outside of work; satisfaction with housing; most important concerns; significant change in work and in private life; attitude to political participation (scale). In the form of a written survey under supervision the manifest fear scale (MAS) as well as a list of questions on physical and psychological complaints was presented. Demography: marital status; number of children; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupational position; household income; composition of household; year of birth; size in cm; weight in kg; occupation of father; employment of wife; growing up in the country or in the city; Swiss citizenship; year of moving to Switzerland; growing up in a Swiss region; nationality. Interviewer rating: reliability of respondent; length of interview; date of interview; reaction of respondent to interview; address and telephone number of respondent; name of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979-03 / 1979-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Winterthur (CH-ZH-WIN)
Sampled Universe
The employed male population of the city of Winterthur between the ages of 35 and 50 years.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Two-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral and written survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 452
The current data set contains only the data of the men interviewed in the complete project. These were workers, employees as well as self-employed occupations. The data for the women interviewed are not archived.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1447 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Weiss, Walter: Beruf, Arbeitssituation und exzessiver Konsum von Alkohol. Lausanne: Schweizerische Fachstelle für Alkoholprobleme, 1980. (Arbeitsberichte der Forschungsabteilung Nr. 6)
  • Weiss, Walter: Arbeitssituation, selbstschädigendes Verhalten und Befindlichkeit. In: Sozial- und Präventivmedizin, 26, 1981, S. 323 - 325.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 90 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Weiss, Walter (1985): Beruf, Arbeitssituation und exzessiver Konsum von Alkohol. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.