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Consequences of Going to Work While Drunk

When alcohol abuse enters the workplace, serious consequences are likely to ensue. Depending on a person’s job duties, he may be involved in a serious accident, be reprimanded or even lose his job. In short, drinking on the job can devastate people’s lives, so get help if you or a loved one engages in this problem.

Workplace Policies and Intoxication

Many companies have a written code of conduct they expect employees to follow, and they commonly distribute this code in an employee handbook. According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), companies that spell out policies about intoxication at work may implement certain actions when they believe an employee is drunk on the job. For instance, many companies will refer an intoxicated employee to an assistance program or recommend they attend addiction treatment. Some companies may implement an immediate disciplinary action, such as time off without pay or even job termination.

Safety Concerns and Workplace Intoxication

Safety usually takes top priority in these situations. If an employee engages in activities that could end in serious accidents, she may be removed from the duty immediately. Examples include of these kinds of duties involve the following list:

  • Driving vehicles
  • Using heavy equipment
  • Working around explosives or weaponry
  • Performing patient care activities

A supervisor may have an intoxicated employee tested for alcohol and drugs. If the employee voluntarily submits to testing, another person should drive the employee to the testing site. However, the employee’s boss may send her home for the day. If a person is sent home, a spouse, other person or taxi should be called to escort her, so that she does not drive drunk.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse at Work

Supervisors have the responsibility to monitor employee performance and conduct. While bosses cannot diagnose alcohol abuse, they can look out for signs that employees need help. The following signs readily indicate that someone has a problem with alcohol:

  • Frequent tardiness or absence
  • Having many unplanned emergencies, such as car trouble and etc.
  • Consistently missing deadlines
  • Turning in sloppy work
  • Becoming often angry or belligerent with coworkers, particularly in the morning or after a weekend
  • Smelling of alcohol
  • Unsteady walking
  • Avoiding contact with the boss
  • Sleeping on the job

If you express any of these signs, your boss may suspect alcohol abuse.

Help Finding Treatment for Alcohol Abuse

If you want help finding treatment for alcoholism, call us today for help. We want to help you and your loved ones find the care you need. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and provide information on rehab. Do not let another day go by without taking action against addiction. Call our toll-free helpline to start the process and achieve recovery.