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gelatin silver photograph
20.9 × 13.9 cm (image)
inscribed in fibre-tipped pen on reverse u.r.: D - RADA USAK
typed on accompanying paper label: RADA USAK / Little research has been done on the effect of abuse / of drugs such as alcohol, analgesics, sedatives and / tranquillisers in the workplace - on workers’ job / performance, output, absenteeism, retrenchments and / the likelihood of industrial accidents, except in regard / to alcoholism amongst males. A survey by the N.S.W. / Department of Health (1971) revealed the following / extent of drug usage in the community: / Alcohol - approximately 84% of males and 80% of females / drink alcohol. About 22% of drinkers consume alcohol / every day or most days of the week. / Analgesics - 66.5% of males and 80.4% of females are / regular users of pain killers, with 11.6% taking them / every day. / Sedatives/tranquillisers - 10% of men and 23.6% of / women are regular users, and 30.5% take them every day. / This survey pointed out that introduction to drugs, / leading to insidious dependence, is often by initial, / medical prescription for sleeplessness, depression or / boredom which are encountered more in women than in / men. The double day and cultural pressures of / migrant women increase the tendency to rely on these / drugs at home and at work. / RADA USAK came from Jugoslavia two / years ago and has been in this / factory for 18 months.
Accession Number
Australian Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1984
© Viv Méhes
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Gallery location
Not on display