A new poll conducted by the Australian Drug Foundation across a range of A industries has found that one in five employees have performed their job while under the influence of alcohol.
The Australian Drug Foundation’s poll on alcohol and drugs in the workplace, which surveyed 1,000 employees in Victoria and was funded by the Myra Stoicesco Charitable Fund, also found that:
- One in five Aussie workers polled had taken a sickie due to the effects of alcohol.
- Around 40 per cent admitted to going to work while still feeling the effects of their drinking.
- Nearly one in five had performed work duties while tipsy or drunk.
The Australian Drug Foundation’s Head of Workplace Services, Phillip Collins,
said that many people don’t realise the hidden costs and risks associated with drinking.
“From an individual perspective, most people don’t fully understand the effect alcohol has on them – particularly when it comes to drinks one night having an impact well into the next day,” Collins said. “Alcohol affects a person’s concentration, coordination, decision making ability and slows reaction times. These can have implications for workplace safety and productivity.”
The ADF said alcohol and other drugs cost Australian businesses $6 billion a year in lost productivity and absenteeism, with alcohol use contributing to five per cent of all Australian workplace deaths and 11 per cent of accidents. Many workplaces look to drug testing as one solution to alcohol and other drug problems in the workplace.
“People engaged in safety critical work such as transport, or the use of heavy machinery, expect to undergo drug testing to reduce the risk of harm to themselves and others,” Collins said. “Yet in other contexts, workplace drug testing is far more controversial.”
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