So I work as a cook since I was 16. I've never really thought of it since it just seemed like everyone around me drank a lot we worked hard and partied harder. But as I got older I started to realize that its not a life style I want to have... being drunk or hung over having band relationships and making bad decisions dou to drinking is a bad life to follow. It's a very male oriented profession so I wonder if it's a bunch of good ol' boys just winding down after long busy nights cooking and these winding down turns into a down ward spiral of substance abuse and alcoholism. It seems like it's a common thing for a large number of co-workers to just drink, use drugs est.. I've had other jobs over the years and never had as many co-workers who go as "hard" out side of work.
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Because you work hard and you work unsociable hours, so when you finish you play catch up and then you party longer. Shift work, catering and hospitality, it's camaraderie. You're all working a shit job together, you all party together. I've worked in the industry for a long time and what you say is quite true, a lot of people do live that lifestyle.
Catering & hospitality are jobs you can walk in and out of, they are always needed, there are always employment opportunities and the job roles don't differ too greatly. This makes it easier for people to swap jobs, move places, live a more nomadic like existence. No roots and no responsibility often leads to extended youthful behaviour.
It's fun for a while but the hours and partying take their toll, I had to get out of the trade so I could make some money and be a grown up... still not sure it was the right decision!0