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Alcohol in the workplace

Official statistics on alcohol consumption show that those in employment (especially in “office” professions) are more likely to drink during the week and also to a greater extent than those who are unemployed or economically inactive (please visit the Socioeconomic groups and alcohol section of the Alcohol Knowledge Centre for more information). Survey data also show that in recent years, an increasing proportion of working people have been drinking above recommended guidelines.

This invariably has had harmful implications on the health and social behaviour of employees and employers in the workplace; an Impact Assessment paper on minimum pricing calculated lost productivity due to alcohol in the UK at about £7.3bn per year. This factsheet addresses these concerns and their causes, examines the underlying risk factors, and looks at solutions for dealing with the issue of problem drinking at work.

Click on links opposite to view individual factsheets, or on the image below to download the pdf: