Alcohol increases risk of sexual harassment at work

Every drink at lunch or during happy hour increases the risk of sexual harassment more than twofold: Cornell University study
||Last Updated: 04/26/2004

Consuming alcohol during work hours greatly increases the odds of sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a study out of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

The study of 1,353 blue-collar and services workers, including 236 women, in the manufacturing, service and construction sectors found an extra glass of beer or wine at lunch put female workers at greater risk.

Every additional alcoholic drink increased the risk more than twofold. Researchers said this increased risk remained even when they controlled for a number of other factors such as the proportion of women in the workplace and other demographic characteristics.