Workforce alcohol misuse 

Each year, millions of workdays are lost because of alcohol misuse, and more than forty percent of employers cite alcohol as a factor contributing to low productivity.

With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a steep increase in ‘high risk’ drinking, this episode of the Talking Work & Health podcast sees Liam Sloan and Dr Mark Simpson joined by Lauren Booker, a consultant at Alcohol Change UK and co-founder of the ‘Dry January’ movement.

The discussion explores how employers can support individuals struggling with alcohol issues, including:

  • Defining terms around alcohol misuse
  • Identifying problematic drinking behaviours
  • Avoiding an unhealthy and exclusionary ‘alcohol culture’ in your organisation
  • How employers can initiate dialogue with employees who may be experiencing alcohol problems
  • Available resources for employees concerned about their alcohol use
  • The employer’s legal obligations towards staff disclosing alcohol problems
  • How to promote healthier alternatives to alcohol in the workplace

Presented by Liam Sloan and Dr Mark Simpson. With Lauren Booker.

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