[Alcohol and amphetamines use among long-distance truck drivers]

Rev Saude Publica. 2007 Apr;41(2):290-3. doi: 10.1590/s0034-89102007000200017.
[Article in Portuguese]


The purpose of the study was to assess the incidence of alcohol and amphetamine use among long-distance truck drivers. There were studied 91 truck drivers at the gas station in Passos, Southeastern Brazil, in November 2005. Data was collected using a questionnaire comprising 19 multiple choice questions. Descriptive statistics, Chi-square test and Cramér's correlation coefficient were used for data analysis. The results indicated that 66% of the long-distance truck drivers used amphetamines during their travels, mainly at gas stations along the highways (54%). Alcohol was consumed by 91% of them and 43% of them consumed it at gas stations. It is concluded that there is a need of preventive and education campaigns targeting this occupation category at gas stations and transportation companies, focusing on the risks of these substances' use during working hours.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data
  • Alcohol-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Amphetamine-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Automobile Driving / statistics & numerical data*
  • Brazil / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Transportation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Workload