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Health hazards in focus: Drugs and alcohol

May 28, 2019

The use of alcohol and other drugs can impact on workplaces, affecting relationships, safety and productivity.

The following statistics demonstrate the extent of this impact in Australia:

The following websites will provide you with information on how to address drugs and alcohol in the workplace.



  1. Manning, M., Smith, C. & Mazerolle, P. (2013). The societal costs of alcohol misuse in Australia. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice. 454. Canberra: Institute of Criminology.
  2. Roche, A., Pidd, K. & Kostadinov, V. (2015). Alcohol – and drug-related absenteeism: a costly problem.
  3. Dale, C. & Livingston, M. (2010) The burden of alcohol drinking on co-workers in the Australian workplace, Medical Journal of Australia, 193(3), 138-140.

The Workplace Wellbeing information and resources are provided as part of the Water Industry Alliance's Healthy Workplace Awareness in the Water Industry project. This prioject is funded by SA Health in partnership with Business SA and the Water Industry Alliance.