Alcohol and the Workplace

Alcohol Alert No.44

About the Course:

Drinking among United States workers can threaten public safety, impair job performance, and result in costly medical, social, and other problems affecting employees and employers alike. Productivity losses attributed to alcohol were $119 billion for 1995. As this Alcohol Alert explains, several factors contribute to problem drinking in the workplace. Employers are in a unique position to mitigate some of these factors and to motivate employees to seek help for alcohol problems.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

July 1999


Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction supervisors, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about alcohol policies in the workplace and factors contributing to employee drinking. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the factors that contribute to employee drinking.

  2. Identify the effects of employee drinking.

  3. Describe how to manage alcohol problems in the workplace.

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