Here are some things we 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.

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


Why is it then that so few businesses actively engage in effective support for people with these kinds of issues?

It’s probably the stigma that is still attached to addiction.

Addiction can cause or be caused by various mental health issues. We need to think more progressively about how people in work are supported where they have an issue that they want to address.

Our service Aquarius Life strives to move past the stigma and gives businesses the tools to provide proper support to employees.

We have a strong track record working with organisations to develop tailored packages that will help create a positive culture of wellbeing in the workplace.

To do this effectively we;

  • Write and implement alcohol, drug and health and wellbeing policies.
  • Support the introduction of drug testing.
  • Deliver skills training and awareness programmes.
  • Provide on and off site 1:1 alcohol, drug and gambling support.

Companies often lose valued employees or valued productivity due to the absence of an effective specialist wellbeing offer.

If you want to be a progressive business and provide effective specialist support, get in touch.