Workplace alcohol use and impairment affect an estimated 15 percent of the U.S. workforce, or 19.2 million workers according to a recent study by the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions. As National Alcohol Awareness Month, April represents an opportune time for employers to take steps to educate employees about the problems associated with alcohol addiction and abuse - both on and off the job.
Important facts to remember:
Alcohol is alcohol is alcohol: A standard drink contains about 14 grams of pure alcohol in any types of beverage alcohol. Learn more
Alcohol abuse is characterized by clinically significant impairment or distress but does not entail physical dependence. Approximately 25 percent of children in the U.S. are exposed to alcohol abuse or dependence in the family according to Drug and Alcohol Dependence (2001 - 2002)
Drunk Driving: Alcohol-related crashes account for 41 percent of all fatal car accidents. Drunk Driving is the nation's most frequently committed violent crime, killing more than 160,000 people on the road ways each year. Learn more.
Economic costs of alcohol abuse in the United States are estimated to be approximately $185 billion annually according to JAMAs Public Health Implications of Excessive Alcohol Consumption.
Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems - George Washington University Medical Center provides research-based information on effective alcohol treatment and the barriers many people face when they seek help for a drinking problem.
National Alcohol Screening Day - Annual event providing information about alcohol and health as well as free anonymous screening for alcohol-use disorders.
How much is too much? - Boston University's School of Public Health provides an online exam program to find out how much is too much.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving - World's largest victim's organization against drunk driving.