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Recovery Plus: Workplace wellbeing $134-185billion a year in the US and £7.3billion in the UK is lost in productivity from alcohol alone – but investing in substance-abuse treatment can exceed costs by 12:1. Deirdre Boyd shows the stats. abuse problem: for example, 14% of employees in one survey said they had to re-do work due to a co-worker’s drinking. Colleagues might also have to both shoulder some of the dependent person’s workload, suffer damaging behaviours and have loyalties torn when considering if their colleague should be reported. Moreover, over half of working family members of alcoholics report that their own ability to function at work and at home was negatively impacted by their family member’s drinking. There is even a book on this by New York Times bestseller Janet Geringer Woititz called Self-Sabotage Syndrome: Adult Children of alcoholics in the Workplace. Nick Barton, former CEO of Action on Addiction, whose patron is the Duchess of Cambridge, shares research and his experience on these stressed family members on pages 18-19 of this issue. Even a little can have a disproportionate impact. Impairment of skills begins with any significant amount of alcohol in the body. For example, a Modell and Mountz study of airline pilots who had to perform routine tasks in a simulator under 3 alcohol test conditions found that: ÊÊ Before drinking alcohol, 10% of them could not perform all the operations correctly ÊÊ After reaching a blood:alcohol concentration of 100mg/dl, the 10% figure rose to 89% ÊÊ After the alcohol left their systems, 68% still could not perform all operations correctly. The after-effects of drinking (hangovers) can also impair both work attendance and performance. A survey carried out by Norwich Union found UK statistics in a glance £7.3billion a year: lost productivity due to alcohol, at 2009/10 costs (www.ias.org.uk/Alcohol-knowledge-centre/ Economic-impacts/Factsheets/Economic-costs.aspx). 14-20million: working days lost each year from alcoholism. 60% of workplace deaths: are linked to alcohol, as are 40% of accidents. £30,614: cost to recruit a single staff member, according to report by Oxford Economics (http://www.hrreview.co.uk/hr-news/recruitment/itcosts over-30k-to-replace-a-staff-member/50677). £4,000 - £310,000: cost for a month of residential rehab (figures vary from UK’s StreetScene to a swiss clinic). US statistics in a glance $134billion a year: lost productivity due to alcohol-related deaths and disabilities (www.cdc.gov/workplacehealth promotion/references/index.html#AI5). $120billion a year: lost productivity due to illicit drugs (https:// www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/ondcp-fact-sheets/howillicit drug-use-affects-business-and-the-economy). 500million: working days lost each year from alcoholism. (http://store.samhsa.gov/product/14-Short-Employer- Cost-Savings-Briefs/SMA08-4350) your library’s essential reference September 2016 13 “Look after the goose that lays golden eggs – it will be hard to find another”


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