Alcohol & Substance Misuse
Alcohol and substance misuse can have a damaging effect on a business, for example, on non-attendance, productivity, morale and reputation.
If alcohol or drugs, including prescription drugs are causing difficulties in your employees' performance, it can become a problem to your company.
Alcohol misuse means drinking more than 14 units of alcohol per week for both male and females. For more information on alcohol misuse, visit the NHS guidance on this here.
Misuse of drugs can mean a number of things:
• Taking a drug that has been prescribed to you but taking it in a manner or dose that is higher than what has been prescribed
•Taking someone else’s prescription, even if for a legitimate medical complaint such as pain
• Taking a medication or illegal substances to feel high
Alcohol misuse is a large cause of early death and illness for individuals; After smoking, it is the largest risk factor for cancer and the biggest cause of liver disease. The impact alcohol and substance abuse has on a business is huge, below are some hard facts on the subject.
Employees misusing alcohol and drugs can have consequences on your company’s performance. This can include:
What you can do to support Alcohol and Substance Misuse
Best-You is a FREE online platform and app that you and your staff can use as your own personal platform to communicate, create goals and track your progress.
Create a private Group and invite employees to discuss healthy lifestyles at work – employees who sign up with HLS Gloucestershire can create a group with their coach to discuss their challenges around alcohol and receive support.
Employees can create goals for alcohol, activity, healthy eating and smoking. Users can track their progress against their goal each day and Best-You will give motivational feedback.
Best-You is full of helpful guidance for alcohol, activity, healthy eating and smoking.
To support alcohol and substance misuse at work you could encourage/provide:
Useful Resources and Support for Employers
There are lots of resources online that can support you with policies and guidance around Alcohol and Substance Misuse:
ACAS – offer support and information for employers on Alcohol and drug policies
Health and Safety Executive - Guidance on Managing Drug and Alcohol Misuse at Work
You can support your employees by signposting them to a number of FREE online resources:
Best-You An online platform and app for self-care, set alcohol free days, set goals and track – see Best-You section below for more details.
NHS - Alcohol Misuse
Public Health England - Campaign resources One You
You can also find more apps and tools in the NHS apps library
Location: HLS Gloucestershire, Suite 1B,
First Floor Eastgate House
Gloucester GL1 1PX
Phone: 0800 122 3788
HLS Gloucestershire is a FREE service offering low level support for alcohol. They offer one-to-one health coaches to support with cutting down on alcohol consumption, being a healthy weight, getting more active and stopping smoking.
Phone: 01452 223014
CGL offer FREE specialist support for alcohol and drugs, providing information, support, advice and treatment options.