Drink, drugs and work: the figures

On 10th
July 2001, Personnel Today ran a questionnaire in association with DrugScope
and Alcohol Concern, aimed at getting a clearer picture of how organisations
handle the effects of  drug and alcohol
misuse. Here are the results.

ALCOHOL

1a)
Which of the following applies to your organisation?

 

All organisations

Organisations
with problems with alcohol

Organisations
with problems with drugs

Organisations
with an alcohol policy

Organisations
with a drugs policy

Organisations
where lunchtime drinking is allowed

Soft
drinks are available at work related events where there is alcohol

71%

67%

68%

65%

66%

85%

There
have been problems due to employees misuse of alcohol

60%

100%

88%

63%

55%

60%

Lunchtime
drinking is allowed

51%

51%

36%

43%

40%

100%

Alcohol
is consumed when doing business with other organisations

30%

28%

25%

25%

18%

46%

On
the work premises there is a bar or facility where alcohol is available

9%

10%

11%

9%

5%

12%

None
of these/not supplied

5%

1%

7%

8%

1b)
Do you think that lunchtime drinking should be allowed in your organisation?

Yes

25 %

No

74%

Don’t
know /
Not stated

1%

1c)
To your knowledge, in the past year has alcohol misuse resulted in any of the
following in your organisation?

 

All organisations

Organisations
with problems with alcohol

Organisations
with problems with drugs

Organisations
with an alcohol policy

Organisations
with a drugs policy

Organisations
where lunchtime drinking is allowed

Absenteeism

75%

85%

87%

77%

76%

71%

Poor
performance

61%

76%

80%

61%

58%

62%

Disciplinary
procedure

42%

58%

68%

40%

37%

36%

Permanent
loss of staff

30%

43%

45%

33%

24%

30%

None
/ Not supplied

14%

4%

5%

14%

18%

17%

Damage
to business

8%

10%

12%

7%

11%

8%

Accidents
at work

6%

9%

16%

7%

11%

4%

DRUGS

3a)
Which of the following applies to you and your organisation?

Managers
in your organisation are aware of the legal situation regarding illicit drugs
at work

59%

Employees
under 30 tend to be more tolerant of drug use outside work

31%

There
have been problems due to employees’ misuse of drugs

27%

Not
stated / None

21%

3b)
Are you confident that you can recognise the signs of drug misuse?

Yes

32%

No

67%

Don’t
know / Not stated

1%

4)
To your knowledge, has drug misuse ever resulted in any of the following in
your organisation?

None
/ Not supplied

58%

Absenteeism

31%

Poor
performance

27%

Disciplinary
procedure

24%

Permanent
loss of staff

16%

Damage
to business

3%

Accidents
at work

3%

ALCOHOL
AND DRUG WORKPLACE POLICIES

5)
In your organisation:

There
is a workplace policy for alcohol only

7%

There
is a workplace policy for drugs only

1%

There
are two separate drug & alcohol policies

12%

The
two policies are combined (joint drugs/alcohol policy)

59%

The
policies are regularly communicated to staff

25%

Not
stated

22%

6)
How does your organisation implement its disciplinary procedures?

Your
organisation has guidelines that clearly state when drugs/drink become a
disciplinary matter

78%

An
employee would be disciplined for an out of hours offence which didn’t
directly affect work

11%

Your
organisation would sack an employee with an alcohol problem

7%

Your
organisation would sack an employee with a drug problem

6%

Not
stated

15%

DEALING
WITH PROBLEMS

7)
What is your organisation’s approach to testing for alcohol or drug use?

Your
organisation does not currently test but is considering introducing in the
next year

31%

Employees
have been tested for alcohol or drug use

10%

Tests
for alcohol or drug use have been used in recruitment process

9%

Not stated

58%

8)
Do employees have access to specialist help?

You
would support an employee getting specialist help for alcohol or drug problem

84%

You
have an occupational health dept or access to occupational health services

57%

You
know which local specialist agencies to go to for advice & support when
dealing with problems

49%

Health
advice & information about the effects of alcohol & drugs is easily
available

35%

You
have the skills & knowledge to raise the issue with staff

19%

Not stated

5%

 

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