Alcohol Testing:

YOU DON'T REALLY HAVE A DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE WITHOUT IT

Tech Brief - Random Testing in the Workplace

Alcohol Testing:

YOU DON'T REALLY HAVE A DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE WITHOUT IT

TECHNICAL BRIEF TOPICS

  • Prevalence of alcohol abuse
  • Signs and symptoms of abuse
  • Impact of alcohol abuse in the workplace
  • How employers can respond
  • State laws and workplace alcohol testing

TECHNICAL BRIEF TOPICS

  • Prevalence of alcohol abuse
  • Signs and symptoms of abuse
  • Impact of alcohol abuse in the workplace
  • How employers can respond
  • State laws and workplace alcohol testing

Here’s a question for you: What is the number one substance of abuse by Americans? Marijuana? Prescription drugs? Synthetic drugs like K2 and Spice? All good guesses, but all wrong. The number one drug abused by more Americans than all other drugs is alcohol. And a lot of people do not even consider alcohol to be a drug, yet people under the influence of alcohol are more likely than non-alcohol abusers to be involved in a car accident or a violent crime.

According to a federal government survey, 23 percent of people aged 12 or older participated in binge drinking at least once in the month prior to being surveyed. That comes out to nearly 61 million people. (Binge drinking is defined as having at least five drinks on at least one occasion in the past 30 days; heavy drinking is defined as having at least five drinks on at least five occasions in the past 30 days.)1

Find out more in the technical paper prepared by Bill Current, president of Current Consulting Group, LLC. The overview information addresses a number of the features and techniques commonly used to manage an alcohol-testing program.

  1. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FRR1-2014/NSDUH-FRR1-2014.pdf

Here’s a question for you: What is the number one substance of abuse by Americans? Marijuana? Prescription drugs? Synthetic drugs like K2 and Spice? All good guesses, but all wrong. The number one drug abused by more Americans than all other drugs is alcohol. And a lot of people do not even consider alcohol to be a drug, yet people under the influence of alcohol are more likely than non-alcohol abusers to be involved in a car accident or a violent crime.

According to a federal government survey, 23 percent of people aged 12 or older participated in binge drinking at least once in the month prior to being surveyed. That comes out to nearly 61 million people. (Binge drinking is defined as having at least five drinks on at least one occasion in the past 30 days; heavy drinking is defined as having at least five drinks on at least five occasions in the past 30 days.)1

Find out more in the technical paper prepared by Bill Current, president of Current Consulting Group, LLC. The overview information addresses a number of the features and techniques commonly used to manage an alcohol-testing program.

  1. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FRR1-2014/NSDUH-FRR1-2014.pdf

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