Addictions Affect On The Workplace

addiction in the workplaceIt is estimated that more than two million people in the UK have an addiction to some form of substance or activity. This means that at some stage in your career, you are very likely to work with someone who has an addiction of some form or it could even be you who is suffering.

The most common addictions in the UK

4.3 million 15 - 64 year-olds in the UK use cannabis
2.9 million Brits are harmful drinkers
2.9 million use illegal drugs
1.6 million are alcohol dependent
1.5 million 15 - 64 year-olds use cocaine
1.5 million are addicted to prescription medication
6% of the population experience sex addiction

Drugs and alcohol in the workplace

It is estimated that one million UK employees go to work with drugs in their system, 15% have been drunk at work and 200,000 of us have gone to work with a hangover.

According to the most recent statistics, there are certain professions that are more likely to suffer from addiction than others. 7% of doctors and dentists have been addicted to alcohol, drugs or both during their career, 15 - 24% of lawyers suffer from alcoholism and one in seven workers in the construction and mining industry have had a problem with alcohol.

It was also found that 10% of workers in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors have had a problem with alcohol and 15% of all City professionals have experienced alcohol or drug addictions at some point.

National statistics based on a community of 100,000 people have demonstrated the following results if applied to a workplace of 500 employees. It was found that of these 500 people, 10 will be admitted to hospital with an alcohol-related condition at some point in their lives and five will show some signs of alcohol dependence or will be moderately or severely addicted.

16 could have drugs in their system, 11 could be using cocaine, 10 could be addicted to prescription drugs, 75 will have been drunk while at work and six will have a sex addiction.

27% of employers say that drug misuse is a problem at work and an incredible 60% say that they have experienced problems due to staff drinking. A staggering 14 billion days are lost due to poor productivity and absenteeism as a result and this comes at a cost of £6.4 billion to the UK’s economy every year.

If you think that you or someone you know could be suffering with an addiction, please feel free to visit our Alcohol or Drug Addiction Treatment page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments available. You can also contact us today for help.

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