According to the National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA), 6.6% of Americans employed in full-time jobs report heavy drinking. This is defined as drinking 5 or more drinks per occasion on 5 or more days in the past 30 days. According to the publication, "Management Perspectives on Alcoholism: The Employer's Stake in Alcoholism Treatment", up to 40% of industrial fatalities and 47% of industrial injuries can be linked to alcohol consumption and alcoholism. Alcohol abuse means higher costs to your Company through:
- Sick leave
- Overtime pay
- Friction among employees
- Employee turnover
- Poor decision making
- Accidents and risks to other employees
- Insurance claims and premiums
- Damage to brand and public image
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and every Employer should take a hard look at the overwhelming costs that alcohol users and abusers bring into the workplace. By incorporating a federal and state compliant pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug and alcohol testing program, employers can arm themselves with the appropriate detection tools to reduce the overwhelming costs, risks and liability of alcohol and drug use in the workplace.
With vast expertise and industry knowledge, EBI can help you develop a drug and alcohol testing program to meet your specific needs, whether lab based or instant. Click here to learn more about EBI's instant alcohol testing solutions.