The Hidden Problem
17 Million Working Days Are Lost To Alcohol In The UK Each Year
For decades, people were terrified to talk about their mental health because of the stigma and labels that it would carry with it. Luckily, this has started to change, and people have been encouraged to open up to family, friends and peers. Young men have been urged to open up about their feelings in an attempt to reduce suicide rates.
We Can Help
We are told to eat better, exercise more, improve sleeping patterns but the mere suggestion that someone should cut down on drinking still gets laughed at.
As a nation, we are proud of our drinking cultur, and this is no more prominent than in the business world, work hard, play hard!
But What is the Impact?
Research shows us that 65% of substance users are employed in the UK and 24% of all employees admitted to drinking during the working day in the last year.
25–34-year-olds are most likely to test positive for class A’s and 3 million workers go into work still under the influence each year.
60% of poor performance and 40% of industrial accidents in the workplace are down to substance abuse.
Who are the problem drinkers in companies
Research shows that workplace drinkers are often men more than women, managers rather than their team members, younger rather than older and single rather than married.
The reality is that anyone in the workplace can develop an addiction or dependence issue at any time and it doesn’t discriminate.
Life changing events such as a break-up, losing a family member, financial worries or stress are several reasons why someone could slip down the wrong path.
The truth is that most will be very good at hiding their problem from you. They will experience emotions such as shame and embarrassment, especially if they hold a position of seniority in the organisation.
Industries with the biggest problem of alcohol and drug abuse
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P-Way Engineer – Balfour Beatty- Central Rail Systems Alliance