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"Working Alcoholics Cause Headaches for Companies --Alcohol Awareness Month Brings the Sobering Reality of Workplace Alcoholism"

Posted Apr 03 2009 12:00am
(Hat Tip: Raise The Bottom Blog / CNBC.com )

"April is Alcohol Awareness Month and one way companies are getting involved is with public awareness campaigns about workplace alcoholism. The cost of alcoholism and other drug addictions in the U.S. workforce exceeds $100 billion a year, according to the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI). Part of Alcohol Awareness Month is educating companies in identifying the signs of an alcoholic and help problem drinkers.

"Most people wrongly assume that if an alcoholic employee does not drink at work there is no harm to the company since the abuse takes place on his/her own time.

"'But damage does occur because alcoholics have reduced mental function, distorted perception, poor judgment and performance, even during work hours when they are not drinking,' explains Arthur Jackson, author of Raise the Bottom: How to Keep Secret Alcoholics from Damaging Your Business." Read On...

CUMBERLAND COUNTY BUSINESS OWNERS: If you would like to learn more about drug-free workplace policy development and/or how to support employees with substance abuse issues, contact Amanda Edgar at (207) 756-8053 to discuss how your local Healthy Maine Partnership can help!
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