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:
- Alcohol and drugs cost Australian workplaces an estimated $6 billion per year in lost productivity. (1)
- Recent research has estimated that 2.5 million days are lost annually due to drinking and drug use, at a cost of more than $680 million. (2)
- 1 in 10 workers say they have been affected by a co-worker’s misuse of alcohol. For example, a reduced ability to do their own job, involvement in an accident or close-call, and having to work extra hours to cover for a co-worker. (3)
The following websites will provide you with information on how to address drugs and alcohol in the workplace.
- SafeWork SA's Alcohol, smoking and drugs, provides content of taking personal responsibility, safety solutions at work and resources. A good place to start.
- Safe Work Australia's overview of drugs and alcohol, and work health and safely duties.
- The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) is a national research centre based at Flinders University that specialises in workforce development, capacity building and research translation and dissemination.
- Business SA – The Ice Age discussion paper
- 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.
- Roche, A., Pidd, K. & Kostadinov, V. (2015). Alcohol – and drug-related absenteeism: a costly problem.
- 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.