Drug & Alcohol Awareness

The impact of drug use, abuse, or addiction among employees is far-reaching, creating challenges for businesses and organisations including low productivity and high absenteeism, in addition to an increased risk of workplace injuries.

Identifying whether an employee has a drink or drug problem can be challenging with indicators including:

  • A deterioration of job performance, or inconsistencies in the quality of work;
  • An increase in sick leave, often on a Monday morning, and unexplained (or vague) reasons for disappearances from work (including extended lunch breaks or leaving early);
  • General disregard for their own safety and that of others;
  • Financial problems (with frequent requests for salary advances);
  • Deterioration in personal appearance or personal hygiene.

Drug and alcohol addiction in any industry is not uncommon however certain industries and job roles have a higher incidence of drug and alcohol misuse for example:

  • Health Care. With easy access to prescription medication nurses, doctors, anaesthesiologists, and pharmacists all have a high risk of drug abuse;
  • Both depression and substance abuse are common problems in the sales profession. Reasons for this are not entirely clear, however it has been associated with the highs and lows of the role, and regular and extended periods of time away from home that make sales people more vulnerable to addiction;
  • Farming, forestry, and fishing industries. Isolation is likely a key part of the issue in these professions as well as long periods away from family. Repetitious tasks may also contribute to the substance abuse problem.
  • Criminal Justice Sector. Police officers, probationary officers, and other law enforcement personnel are also in high-risk professions in terms of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Hospitality sector. Irregular and late hours, plus easy access to alcohol and often illegal drugs makes workers in this sector more vulnerable.

TTC believes that the workplace can be an important place to address drug and alcohol abuse issues and by establishing or promoting drug and alcohol awareness training programs employers can help employees and their families.

TTC can develop bespoke drug & alcohol awareness training programmes for your employees which covers a range of topics including:

  • The size and scale of the drug and problem in the UK;
  • Which occupations carry the highest risk;
  • The impact of drink and drugs on driving performance;
  • Alcohol limits;
  • The 4 main types of alcohol and strengths;
  • Drugs types – illegal substances, medicines and over the counter drugs;
  • Common myths;
  • Field impairment tests;
  • Penalties and punishment.

TTC also delivers an Alcohol Diversion Scheme – an effective and constructive educational alternative – that the Police or Courts can refer an offender to, rather than issuing punitive measures. If you would like to learn more about TTC’s Alcohol Diversion scheme click here.

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