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Call for workplace alcohol tests

11th November 2013 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

Medical experts have recommended that workers be tested for dependence on alcohol, so that employers can intervene earlier.

The NHS estimates that nine per cent of all UK men and four per cent of women suffer from alcohol dependency.

They define alcohol dependence as the point when a drinker feels unable to function without alcohol, which becomes an important factor in their life.

An article in the British Medical Journal said employees should be tested to determine whether or not they are “risky” drinkers, and spot the warning signs of alcohol addiction.

This way firms can avoid the cost of having a worker who needs regular sick leave and may not be fit for work 100 per cent of the time, while protecting the health of their employees.

Don Shenker, director and founder of the Alcohol Health Network, said: “it is ultimately more cost effective to prevent and reduce harmful drinking in the general working population, compared with the costs of managing dependent drinking among a minority of staff.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801659052-ADNFCR


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