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£7.3 billion loss to UK businesses due to alcohol-related sickness and loss of productivity

Up to 17 million working days are lost each year because of alcohol-related sickness

£1.4 billion loss due to drug misuse

Institute of Alcohol Studies

37% of employees have admitted to taking alcohol or drugs to help deal with stress or pressure

68% have witnessed stress and pressure having a negative impact on a work colleague’s performance

35% have suspected a colleague of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the workplace

44% of respondents admit that the use of alcohol or drugs is having a negative impact on work performance. New charity service – Aquarius Life – is launched to offer wellbeing and specialist support services to organisations and their employees.

Research carried out by Aquarius as part of mental health week 2018.

3 in 5 employees have experienced mental health issues in the past year (Business in the Community).

UK employers are facing an average cost of £8,500 on Employment Tribunals brought by unhappy employees (British Chamber of Commerce).

Evidence strongly suggests that improvements in wellbeing improve workplace performance (Thriving at Work).

A member of staff under the influence of alcohol or drugs will only achieve 67% of their potential.

Drug using employees are 3 times more likely to require sick leave or benefits.

Alcohol is involved in 20-25% of all industrial accidents in the UK.

Substance misuse and the workplace, Home Office

27% of employers say drug misuse is a problem at work while 60% have experienced problems due to staff drinking alcohol.

DrugScope and Alcohol Concern survey

4.3% of adults between 16 and 59 had taken an illicit drug in the last month.

2017/18 Home Office, Crime Survey

It is estimated that 1.5 million people are addicted to prescription and over-the-counter drugs in the UK. Many of these drugs can have a significant effect on performance, concentration or alertness.

Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace, TUC

Between 3 and 5 percent of all absences are due to alcohol.

Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace, TUC

82% of people experiencing issues with alcohol are not in treatment.

Public Health England