Alcohol and the Workplace
Harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption is one of the main causes of premature death and avoidable disease and furthermore has a negative impact on working capacity. Alcohol-related absenteeism or drinking during working hours have a negative impact on work performance, competitiveness and productivity. Often forgotten is the impact of drinkers on the productivity of people other than the drinker. Moreover, about 20 to 25% of all accidents at work involve intoxicated people injuring themselves and other victims, including co-workers.
Eurocare is one of the partners in the European Workplace and Alcohol (EWA) project, and please visit the EWA webpage for more indebt background and information on alcohol and the workplace.
Science Group of the Alcohol and Health Forum (2011) Alcohol, Work and Productivity: Scientific Opinion of the Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum
The European Workplace and Alcohol project (EWA) is a European project co-financed by the European Commission running from 2011 to 2013.
FASE project aims to collect best practices in work-place strategies to reduce the impact of harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption on the economy as well as best practices on well-resourced community mobilisation and intervention projects to create safer drinking environments, and to develop best practice in advertising, self regulation and monitoring.
EWA Toolkit and EWA Policy Recommendations are now available
Alcohol Concern is calling for boards to have a formal responsibility to address financial losses incurred through workers' reduced performance caused by alcohol.