In the US, 70% of substance abusers have full-time jobs, 65.7% of adult drug users are employed, and 15% of workers are occasionally drunk at work. Substance abuse leads to 60% of all poor performances and 40% of all industrial accidents.
Alcohol and drug abuse cost: $249 billion and $271 billion respectively
Lost productivity due to alcohol: $174 billion
Lost working days due to alcohol misuse: 56 million
Impact of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in the Workplace
Increased accident rate/injuries
Absenteeism/extra sick leave
Fatal accidents/premature death
Men in blue collar jobs face 3.5 times the risk of dying from alcohol-related diseases than those in managerial positions. Women in routine jobs face 5.7 times the risk of dying from alcohol-related diseases than those in white-collar industries.
Fields with the Most Problem Drinkers (per 1000 workers)
Construction and mining: 135
Leisure and hospitality: 109
Business, installation, maintenance, and repair: 106
Fields with the Highest Rates of Drug Abuse
Food preparation and serving: 17.4%
Arts, design, entertainment, sports and media: 12.4%
Installation, maintenance, and repair: 9.5%
Workforce Drug Testing Index
2016 data shows the highest (24% increase) workforce drug positivity since 2004, driven by illicit drugs.
Increase in positivity in the general U.S workforce from 2013-2016:
Oral fluid drug tests: 56.7% (with marijuana at a 74.7% increase – 5.1% in 2013 and 8.9% in 2016; methamphetamines at a 75% increase)
Hair drug tests: 41.9%
Urine drug test 2015-2016: cocaine at 12% increase; and 7.7% increase in the federally mandated, safety-sensitive US workforce.
Performance-related problems linked to alcohol are caused by drinking before work, resulting in hangovers that increase the frequency of:
Feeling sick/taking sick days
Sleeping on the job
Trouble with tasks/co-workers
Workplace drinkers are:
Men more than women
Younger more than older
Single rather than married
Managers more than their underlings
In the past year, 24% of drinkers drank during their workday
80% of alcohol-related problems at work are from social drinkers, not alcohol -dependent people
One in ten small business owners report that employees have shown up for work under the influence of controlled substances.
Drug abuse costs businesses $81billion/year (up to 10% of annual payroll)
75% of illicit drug users are currently employed (17% of the workforce)
9 out of 10 drug abusers work at small or medium-sized businesses
60% of adults know someone who has gone to work under the influence
3 million workers go to work under the influence each year (3% of the workforce)
83% of employees admit that their performance was affected
33% admit to having gone to work with a hangover
22% (nearly 1 in 4) admit to making mistakes at work
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