This week is Alcohol Awareness Week - a campaign run by the Alcohol Change UK aiming to raise awareness of alcohol-related problems and educate people about the benefits of limiting alcohol consumption.
Alcohol misuse apart from causing certain health problems, can also cause significant social, economic and employment issues. An employee’s drinking habits can affect organisations and companies, regardless of how large or small they may be. It can cause several workplace issues such as absenteeism, presenteeism, inappropriate behaviour, as well as safety concerns. Therefore, it’s crucial to address the issue of alcohol misuse in order to promote workplaces’ productivity, health and safety, as well as employees’ wellbeing.
Workplace alcohol screening can be an important part of any HSE program. It is especially crucial in safety-critical employment roles, for example when employees are using machinery, driving or operating heavy equipment. Testing should be used and presented as a supportive tool to help identify any employee who might cause harm to themselves or others. If you would like to consider alcohol screening at your workplace, please get in touch with us and we will help you to organise this.
We have also prepared 'Cutting down on alcohol' booklet that contains resources with tips on how to limit alcohol and where to find support.