The HSE highlights the legal obligation for employers, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees:

If you knowingly allow an employee under the influence of excess alcohol to continue working and this places the employee or others at risk, you could be prosecuted. Similarly, your employees are also required to take reasonable care of themselves and others who could be affected by what they do.

Ninety per cent of personnel directors from top UK organisations surveyed in 1994 stated that alcohol consumption was a problem for their organisation. Most regarded alcohol as a fairly minor problem, involving a small number of employees. 17% of personnel directors described alcohol consumption as a ‘major problem’ for their organisation.

What concerned directors most, in order of priority, was:

  • loss of productivity and poor performance;
  • lateness and absenteeism;
  • safety concerns;
  • effect on team morale and employee relations;
  • bad behaviour or poor discipline;
  • adverse effects on company image and customer relations.

These concerns are equally important for small and medium-sized businesses.

They fall into two main areas:

Alcohol-related absenteeism and sickness absence.

Alcohol is estimated to cause 3-5% of all absences from work; about 8 to 14 million lost working days in the UK each year.

How much is alcohol-related absence costing your business?

The effects of drinking on productivity and safety.

Alcohol consumption may result in reduced work performance, damaged customer relations, and resentment among employees who have to ‘carry’ colleagues whose work declines because of their drinking. There are no precise figures on the number of workplace accidents where alcohol is a factor, but alcohol is known to affect judgement and physical co-ordination. Drinking even small amounts of alcohol before or while carrying out work that is ‘safety sensitive’ will increase the risk of an accident.


LTPCT Provide 2 Corporate training days:

Management Training: A full day assessing Management responsibility

Step 1Assessment – Find out if there is a problem

Understanding Alcohol, Assessing Drinking Styles and explore the information you already have.

Step 2 Policy and Procedure – Decide what to do

What is the current legislation and policy? Explore testing and ask the question are we covered?

Step 3 Supporting Staff – Taking action

Flow chart and action plan

Step 4 Continuous Support – Checking what you have done

What are the gaps and onward referral


Employees Training Session: Half day session increasing staff awareness

Step 1Assessment – Find out if there is a problem

Understanding Alcohol, Assessing Drinking Styles

Step 2 Policy and Procedure – What is your responsibility

What is the current legislation and policy

Please contact us for prices and further details

Contact our admin team email: or Tel: 01476 515936

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of people who have a drinking problem are in work. The good news is that people with drink problems can and do cut down, and that there are places throughout the country where people with drinking problems can go for expert help.

Should your company require external support for a staff member; LTPCT provide a referral process to Red Umbrella a leading UK Addiction referral Agency.