Directors have a key function in dealing with misuse of drugs and problems with alcohol in the workplace.

This briefing will give you the essential background information and advice on implementing the necessary arrangements and so avoiding prosecution or civil liability.


Drug and alcohol misuse is the use of illegal drugs and misuse of alcohol, medicines and substances including glues and aerosols.

The following statistics have been reported (as described on the Health and Safety Executive and the CIPD websites).

  • Between 3–5% of lost working days are caused by alcohol-related sickness.

  • 40% of employers mention alcohol as a significant cause of low productivity.

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