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With alcohol and other drugs forming such a central part of our day to day life, it’s not surprising that they have a significant impact on our workplaces. $6 billion dollars each year¹ is the estimated cost of alcohol and other drugs to businesses – a significant proportion of which is attributable to lost productivity and sick days.
Alcohol and other drug issues in the workplace can be expensive, disruptive and difficult to manage. But workplaces also have a great opportunity to set their employees up for success, and to proactively deal with any issues that do emerge in a supportive way.
Each individual brings their own culture and experiences around drugs and alcohol to work with them. Building a positive workplace culture where expectations are clear and individuals feel supported to raise issues is a great way to start.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation works to support workplaces through the development of policy, employee education and training programs, and safe partying guidelines. We have off the shelf products as well as a consultative service where we work with organisations to try and prevent harm from alcohol and drugs.