Mixing drinks with work (and education?) —
Leaders in the hospitality industry have long acknowledged that alcohol and drug abuse are dangerous byproducts of a stressful business with ready access to both. Food service workers have the highest rate of illicit drug use and the third-highest rate of heavy alcohol use among major occupations, according to the latest data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. (Construction workers and miners drink the most, and installation and maintenance workers are second.)
Chronicle of Higher Education NewsBlog
June 24, 2009
Culinary Institute Fails to Provide Alcohol-Free Alternative, Student Says
A student at the Culinary Institute of America says a required course in which students drink wine, and the institute’s unwillingness to come up with an alcohol-free alternative, is frustrating his efforts to remain sober.
The student, Jeremy Umansky, who is 26, filed a complaint in March against the institute with the New York State Division of Human Rights.
He says the institute failed to offer him an alternative to the required three-week wine course, even after he provided doctor’s notes saying that alcohol and Mr. Umansky don’t mix, The New York Times reported today.
. . .Tim Ryan, president of the institute, told the Times that while he could not comment on Mr. Umansky’s situation, students can graduate from the institute without ever tasting or smelling alcohol, regardless of their reasons for abstaining. Students could videotape the wine lectures, he said. —Austin Wright