Alcohol Addiction vs Work Performance

Using alcohol is an individual’s own decision and currently there are no laws that prohibit drinking. There are some alcohol restrictions related to age and driving, but drinking is not illegal.

Along with a person’s health and family, alcoholism affects work performance and may cause serious losses to the employer as well. According to the statistics, alcoholism is one of the main causes of accidents and on-the-job injuries. Besides accidents, drinking affects work performance, health and safety issues, and behavior in the workplace.

Behavioral problems related to alcohol addiction

Due to alcohol abuse and it’s physical and psychological symptoms on the human body, alcohol users often leave work:

  • frequent tardiness;
  • invocating sickness;
  • unauthorized absences from work (especially on Mondays and Fridays);
  • frequent unplanned absences invocating “emergencies” like household repairs, car trouble, etc.;

Alcoholism affects relationships with coworkers. An employee that drinks too much may be aggressive and hostile with his colleagues, especially in the mornings or after weekends of drinking. As a result, co-workers will start avoiding such a person, and he may become a loner. Due to financial problems an alcohol dependent employee may often borrow money from other employees, without even paying it back.

In addition, an alcoholic employee may look bad:

  • has a smell of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, tremors;
  • uses too much mouthwash or breath mints;
  • avoids visual contact with his supervisor;
  • experiences mood and behavior changes like inappropriately loud laughter
  • may even sleep on duty.

All of these — absence from work, being late, inappropriate appearance, may lead to disciplinary procedures.

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