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Wednesday, 11th June 2014 at 3:20 pm
Lina Caneva, Editor
One in five employees has performed their job while under the influence of alcohol, according to a new Not for Profit report.

Wednesday, 11th June 2014
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One in Five Workers Alcohol Affected – NFP Report
Wednesday, 11th June 2014 at 3:20 pm

One in five employees has performed their job while under the influence of alcohol, according to a new Not for Profit report.

The findings from a poll conducted by the Australian Drug Foundation across a range of industries, found that:

  • One in five workers polled had taken a sickie due to the effects of alcohol.
  • Around 40 per cent admitted to going to work while still feeling the effects of their drinking.
  • Nearly one in five had performed work duties while tipsy or drunk.

The Australian Drug Foundation’s Head of Workplace Services, Phillip Collins said that many people don’t realise the hidden costs and risks associated with drinking.

“From an individual perspective, most people don’t fully understand the effect alcohol has on them – particularly when it comes to drinks one night having an impact well into the next day.

“Alcohol affects a person’s concentration, coordination, decision making ability and slows reaction times. These can have implications for workplace safety and productivity.”

He said alcohol and other drugs cost Australian businesses $6 billion a year in lost productivity and absenteeism, with alcohol use contributing to five per cent of all Australian workplace deaths and 11 per cent of accidents.

“Many workplaces look to drug testing as one solution to alcohol and other drug problems in the workplace," Collins said. 

“People engaged in safety critical work such as transport, or the use of heavy machinery, expect to undergo drug testing to reduce the risk of harm to themselves and others. Yet in other contexts workplace drug testing is far more controversial.”

The poll surveyed 1000 Victorian employees and was funded by the Myra Stoicesco Charitable Fund.


Lina Caneva  |  Editor |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and Editor of Pro Bono Australia News since it was founded in 2000.

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