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BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 27 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4022

Deaths from alcohol, drugs, and HIV vary among occupations: Analysis of all 1.6 million deaths of people aged 16-74 from 1991 to 2000 in England and Wales shows that painters, bricklayers, plasterers, and people working in the artistic and literary professions had twice the average rate of death from drug misuse. Merchant sailors and people working in pubs and catering had a higher rate of alcohol related death, while tailors, dressmakers, and male hairdressers had nine times the average rate of death related to HIV infection (Occupational Medicine 2010;60:348-53, doi:10.1093/occmed/kqq040)

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