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Work hard, party less: employers warn on drinking dangers
Monday, 17 September 2007
Life after graduation
Employers claim that drinking alcohol has a major influence on worker absence and productivity.
According to figures from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), 40 per cent of employers believe that heavy drinking seriously affects worker turnout and levels of concentration.
And, more seriously, a third of employers believe that recreational drug use can have the same effect on its workforce.
Urging employers to help workers who may show signs for help, Ben Willmott of CIPD, and author of the report, said: "Supporting employees with drug and alcohol problems has a high success rate with many individuals returning to work.
"But organisations must make employees aware of the policies and support in place otherwise they will not have the confidence to hold their hand up and acknowledge they have a problem and need help."
He added: "Clearly drug and alcohol misuse is an issue which needs to be taken seriously within the workplace.
"The Health and Safety Executive currently estimates that up to 14 million working days are lost each year due to alcohol related problems, costing British industry an estimated £2 billion each year."
The study also shows that 60 per cent of firms prohibit drinking on their premises and almost a quarter do not allow drinking during working hours.