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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2017) Online policy and practice briefings: Workplaces.

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A significant proportion of workers in Europe are likely to have problems associated with alcohol or drug use; for example, it is estimated that between 5 % and 20 % of the working population in Europe have serious problems related to their use of alcohol. In addition to the general public health and social implications, substance use problems are highly relevant in industries where safety issues exist or where individual performance failings can have a significant impact. This includes, but is not limited to, the construction, farming, transport, power, ICT and financial services sectors.

Alcohol use and drug use are important issues in workplaces because:
• they can increase accidents and injuries, absenteeism, and, inappropriate behaviour;
• they can impose an economic burden on employers, governments and society;
• employers have a duty under health and safety laws to protect, as far as reasonable, the health, safety and welfare of employees and others affected by their activities;
• workplaces also provide an opportunity for health education about alcohol and drugs and opportunities to identify individuals who have problems with alcohol and drug use or have family members with drug or alcohol problems.

The workplace also has a potential role in supporting the social reintegration of people with a history of serious drug problems.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Guideline, Web Resource
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Treatment method, Education and training
October 2017
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Corporate Creators
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
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