Ad People Get High Down Under

I would’ve loved to be a fly on the wall when this study was conducted. The Australian reports on drug use in the ad industry there:

Almost 20 per cent of advertising agency staff said that they had used drugs at work or work-related events while 41 percent said they knew of colleagues who had, the research by Australian advertising industry magazine B&T revealed.
After advertising agencies, staff in media agencies were most likely to know of colleagues taking recreational drugs.
Asked if they knew of work associates who had an alcohol problem, only 7 per cent of those working in media agencies were able to answer “no”.

Of course, this is not surprising at all. People in creative industries always find ways to expand their minds, or escape reality, whichever they need at the time.
And my mind went back to the famous Jeff Goodby e-mail to his staff regarding pot use at work.

About Dan Goldgeier

Blogging on AdPulp since 2005, Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. In addition, he is a regular columnist for Dan published the best of his columns in a book entitled View From The Cheap Seats: A Broader Look at Advertising, Marketing, Branding, Global Politics, Office Politics, Sexual Politics, and Getting Drunk During a Job Interview. Look for it on Amazon in paperback and e-book editions.


  1. and all this time, I had been doing yoga, no alcohol or drugs. Carapola, no wonder, I failed at getting my foot in the door. Oh well, at least I’m flexible and can walk the line or tow it, for that matter.