Why do I need to know about alcohol, drugs and gambling and how to support people who may be struggling? This is a common question; however, it is in everyone’s best interest to know as much as they can.

Did you know?

£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

The last thing an employer wants to do is lose a good member of staff. In the world we live in today, stress in and out of work can impact our productivity and how ‘present’ we are when at work. Knowing what signs to look for before it gets to this stage not only saves people’s jobs but also saves the company money and time. A short conversation to ask how someone is can make a huge difference. The question we then ask ourselves is “what do I do now they have told me this?” This can be a huge barrier and the main reason we don’t ask. After attending our Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training or a Gambling Awareness training, you will know what agencies and support is available. Offering support and understanding in the early stages can mean the difference between an employee managing and being an effective member of the team, to someone who is costing more by being there than not.

We all have different coping techniques and strategies, some are healthier than others. Using alcohol or drugs to manage certain situations in our life can creep up on us, before we know it we start to become reliant on a substance. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. The services Aquarius Life provide can empower you and your staff, giving you the insight and information you need to effectively support members of staff through difficult times in their lives. It is also a great time to self-reflect and look at our own unhealthy behaviours.

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