High pressure jobs can lead to substance misuse

High pressure jobs create stress in employees which can ultimately lead to substance addiction. When job demands are high, employees sometimes look to self-medication as a way of dealing with stress, or even to keep themselves going. This includes illegal as well as legal substances such as prescription and over the counter drugs that may impair their ability to do their job properly.

A survey on alcohol abuse at work found that 27% of employers said drug misuse was a problem at work, while 60% said alcohol was an issue. The survey also found that it is estimated that between 3% and 5% of all workplace absences are lost each year due to alcohol.

It’s important that you not only have a clear drug and alcohol testing policy in place, but that you also have policies in place to support employees and make them feel safe to freely talk about mental health and addiction.

Call us on 01302 365036 if you need information about Drug and Alcohol testing for your business or organisation. Workplace Drug Testing available in Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield and throughout South Yorkshire

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