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Problem drinking at year-end staff parties

Elza Thomson
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 15, No 3 | a487 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v15i3.487 | © 1989 Elza Thomson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 May 1989 | Published: 14 May 1989

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Elza Thomson, University of Durban- Westville, South Africa

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From a study of the relevant literature it is clear there is evidence that alcohol related problems both in and outside industry affect adults of both sexes. The objective of this study was to investigate the structure of year-end-parties in South Africa and it probes the role of alcohol at such functions as a possible trigger to problem drinking. A questionnaire was administered to respondents giving access to information concerning 89 different year-end-parties. The results indicated that the identified benefits accruing from year-end-parties outweighed the adverse effects of the problem drinking they sometimes generated.

Die doel van die studie was om die struktuur vanjaarlikse afsluitingsfunksies in 'n aantal Suid-Afrikaanse organisasies te ondersoek en vas te stel watter rol alkohol by sulke geleenthede speel - en in watter mate dit aanleiding kan gee tot drankmisbruik. 'n Vraelys is vir hierdie doel ontwikkel en by 89 organisasies afgeneem. Die resultate dui daarop dat die voordele voortspruitend uit afsluitingsfunksies swaarder weeg as die nadele as gevolg van moontlike drankmisbruik.


Problem drinking; Year-end staff parties


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