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EXTENT AND COSTS OF ALCOHOL PROBLEMS IN EMPLOYMENT: A REVIEW OF BRITISH DATA

JOHN CROFTON
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/ 321-325 First published online: 1 January 1987

Abstract

In Britain about 9% of males experience alcohol problems at work. Although heavy drinkers have a higher rate, the majority of work problems occur in light or moderate drinkers as these are more numerous. Some data are given on impairment of skills, hangover rates, alcohol-related accidents and lunchtime drinking. Due to extrapolation from the present limited data, there are great difficulties in calculating economic costs; estimates have varied from £60 million to £2 billion a year. In view of the human and economic costs a number of bodies are now making efforts to encourage alcohol policies in the workplace. Further research is required on many aspects of the problem.