Alcohol and other drug use costs $6 billion dollars a year in lost productivity. It has been estimated that Australian workplace’s lost 1.6 million days in 2013 due to alcohol. The costs associated with alcohol-related workplace injuries and lost productivity are also borne by the wider community. Overindulgence of alcohol at work functions can also have a negative impact on the wellbeing of employees and clients, corporate image and liability.
Useful links:Workplace health programs can address alcohol by implementing a workplace alcohol policy and supporting employees to address high-risk and problem alcohol consumption. Check out this website for more information link to http://www.healthyworkers.gov.au/internet/hwi/publishing.nsf/Content/alcohol Further information and tools about alcohol and the workplace can be found at The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) website. NCETA is an internationally recognised research centre that works as a catalyst for change in the alcohol and other drugs field. Research conducted by NCETA has identified several key issues of relevance to the identification and management of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in the workplace. If you’re worried about the impact of alcohol use in your workplace, tell your boss about the Australian Drug Foundation’s (ADF) Workplace Services (which have a range of strategies and preventative tools including an alcohol policy project, a good practice guide, factsheets and online education.
Information in this section has been drawn and adapted from the following sources:
- Roche A, Pidd K, Kostadinov V, 2015, Alcohol and drug related absenteeism: a costly problem, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.