College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Phil Barlow, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


A long persisting detriment to the construction industry is the impact of alcohol, substance abuse, and gambling throughout the field. Many workers fear the repercussions of missing work and push through smaller, manageable pain, leading to injuries and further pain as they age. This causes a heightened usage of opiates throughout the industry to stay at work without bothering your company. Additionally, many young project engineers are not used to the demand of long hours every week and look for vices to relieve stress. While there is plenty of data on the construction industry overall, this study aims to learn about current Cal Poly Construction Management students before they begin their careers. The survey asked about the age students first tried an alcoholic beverage or another substance such as nicotine or marijuana, asked about their current habits, gambling habits, and gathered further information. The data collected was analyzed and compared to information on the general population and drew positive conclusions about the habits and outlook for future industry members. Overall, on average, current Cal Poly Construction Management students tend to have healthy histories relating to drugs and alcohol, safe habits, and are responsible if they choose to gamble.