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Alcohol and drugs policy

Alcohol and drug problems are prevalent in society and are associated with a wide variety of costs for both employers and employees. These costs include ill-health sickness absence, reduced work performance and accidents. The consumption of alcohol and drugs has implications for health and safety at work since these substances impair co-ordination, judgement and decision making; as such this is a policy matter.

Alcohol and drugs


Alcohol and drug misuse or abuse can be a serious problem within the workplace. Employees who drink excessively or take unlawful drugs are more likely to work inefficiently, be absent from work, have work accidents and endanger their colleagues. The Company has a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of all its employees.

However, the Company recognises that, for a number of reasons, employees could develop alcohol or drug related problems. In relation to drugs, these rules apply to those that are unlawful under the criminal law and not to prescribed medication.

These rules aim to promote a responsible attitude to drink and drugs and to offer assistance to employees who may need it.


This policy is applicable to all employees of [company name].

General principles

Advice and counselling

It is the Company's intention to deal constructively and sympathetically with an employees alcohol or drug related problems, such as alcohol or drug dependency. When it is known that an employee has an alcohol or drug problem, [insert name of contact] will be able to provide advice and guidance on how to seek suitable treatment. The primary objective of any discussions will be to assist the employee with the problem in as compassionate and constructive a way as possible. Any discussions of the nature of an employees alcohol or drug problem and the record of any treatment will be strictly confidential unless the employee agrees otherwise.

If you have an alcohol or drug problem, you should seek appropriate help. If you have an alcohol or drug problem which affects your conduct or performance at work and you refuse the opportunity to receive help, the matter will be referred for action under the Company's disciplinary procedure as appropriate. Likewise, if after accepting counselling and assistance, and following review and evaluation, your conduct or work performance reverts to the problem level, the matter may also be dealt with through the disciplinary procedure.

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The full Alcohol and drugs policy will be available once purchased.

Reviewed 2 May 2022

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