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Addressing Alcohol in the Workplace


Why focus on alcohol?

Alcohol is one of the most commonly used and abused drugs in Canada (Adlaf, Begin, & Sawka, 2005; Statistics Canada, 2013), and remains a leading risk factor for death, disease and disability (CPHA, 2011).

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The costs of alcohol use to the Canadian economy are significant. More than $14.6 billion are spent annually (CPHA, 2011) including:

Alcohol use has been shown to increase:

Why are workplaces a great place to address alcohol use?

Adults spend more time at work than anywhere else, 50 - 60% of their waking hours. This makes the workplace an ideal setting to provide information that addresses alcohol use.

Employees who have good health are more likely to: