Drunken environments: A survey of bartenders working in pubs, bars and nightclubs

Sébastien Tutenges, Trine Bøgkjær, Maj Witte, Morten Hesse

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There is evidence that bartenders play a key role in respect of the health and safety of patrons in nightlife environments. However, little is known of how bartenders themselves are affected by the environments in which they work, especially with regard to their exposure to violence, pressure to drink and stress. We used a cross-sectional survey to assess the experiences of bartenders (n = 424) working in pubs, bars and nightclubs in Denmark. 71% of the respondents reported drinking while working, 6% reported using other drugs than alcohol at work, and 33% reported drinking even when they did not feel like it because of pressure to drink at work. Verbal assaults and threats were common and associated with higher levels of perceived stress. Bartenders' work environment poses a risk for the development of alcohol use disorders. The fact that many bartenders consume significant quantities of alcohol during their working hours may pose a risk not only to their own safety, but also to that of their colleagues and patrons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4896-4906
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 11
Externally publishedYes

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Sociology

Free keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Bartenders
  • Drinking environments
  • Prevention
  • Stress
  • Violence
  • Work


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