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Info to help you maintain a drug-free work environment.


Los Angeles Times
Sun, 2012-02-12

Highlights: Tips from experts on dealing with a co-worker might have a substance abuse problem.

Fri, 2013-03-01

Highlights: In observational studies, moderate drinking is associated with a reduced risk of more than twenty different diseases and health problems. However, it would be premature to conclude that there is a causal relationship. Plus the evidence for the harmful effects of alcohol is undoubtedly stronger than the evidence for beneficial effects.

DFBS note: News Flash: Drinking to get healthy might not be the best strategy.

University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Fri, 2013-03-01

Highlights: Excessive alcohol consumption in Wisconsin is a public health problem that affects every man, woman and child living in the state. The estimated cost of excessive alcohol consumption in Wisconsin was $6.8 billion in 2012. The cost is borne by everyone in the state, not just the drinkers themselves. Revenue generated by current alcohol taxes covers less than 1% of the total economic cost.

DFBS note: Of particular interest to employers in Wisconsin. But also an excellent illustration of the costs of alcohol misuse, and who bears them.

Fri, 2013-02-22

Highlights: On any given day in the U.S., 18 percent of men and 11 percent of women drink more alcohol than federal dietary guidelines recommend, according to a new study that also finds 8 percent of men and 3 percent of women are full-fledged "heavy" drinkers. Binge drinking even one time can increase the risk of injury from falls, motor vehicle accidents, and other accidents.

DFBS note: More evidence that alcohol is our number one drug problem.

New York Times
Mon, 2012-10-01

Highlights: Even as three-martini lunches and whiskey-fueled staff meetings become harder to find outside of cable TV, plenty of American business rituals continue to revolve around alcohol ... For professionals who abstain from alcohol — for health, religion, recovery or simple preference — it can sometimes seem harder to get ahead if you’re not willing to throw one back.

DFBS note: Is it time to take a close look at your company's drinking culture? Do your employees have the facts about alcohol?

Workers | Alcohol
Thu, 2012-09-06

Highlights: More than half of U.S. drivers killed in car accidents had alcohol or drugs in their system at the time of the crash, according to a new study.

DFBS note: Think about that while your employees are on the road, and how to keep from contributing to these statistics.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Tue, 2012-08-14

Highlights: In 2010, 70 percent of drunk driving deaths involved drivers with BAC of .15 or higher.

DFBS note: People make poor decisions when they are drunk. Do your younger workers especially know the effects and risks of binge drinking? If not, educate them.

Employer Law Report
Mon, 2012-05-14

Highlights: The recent decision out of Texas in Sechler v. Modular Space Corporation highlights a recurring issue for employers -- managing employees who return to work following rehabilitation for substance abuse.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Sun, 2012-02-12

Highlights: An annual average of 7.5 million children younger than the age of 18 (10.5 percent of all children) live with a parent who had an alcohol use disorder in the past year.

DFBS note: And we know that most of those parents are employed.

CDC Vital Signs
Mon, 2012-01-02

Highlights: New estimates show that binge drinking is a bigger problem than previously thought ... This behavior greatly increases the chances of getting hurt or hurting others due to car crashes, violence, and suicide.

DFBS note: As you know from our training, the vast majority of problem drinkers are employed.

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