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Workers Negatively Affected by Co-Workers’ Drinking Habits

by VR Sreeraman on  August 1, 2010 at 11:51 AM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News   - G J E 4
Australian workers are significantly affected by other people's alcohol drinking and at a considerable cost, according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
 Workers Negatively Affected by Co-Workers’ Drinking Habits
Workers Negatively Affected by Co-Workers’ Drinking Habits
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Caroline Dale, from Epidemiology and Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Michael Livingston, from Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Melbourne, conducted a study to estimate the cost of extra time worked by Australian workers due to their co-workers' alcohol drinking.

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Mr Livingston said that around a third of Australian workers have experienced negative effects from their co-workers' alcohol drinking, with 3.5 per cent of workers reporting having to work extra hours to cover for others.

"Our findings show that the experience of having a heavily drinking co-worker is common in the Australian workplace," Mr Livingston said.

"The cost of alcohol use in the workplace is multifaceted and considerable, and can be caused by a reduction in the productive workforce from premature mortality or morbidity, absenteeism due to alcohol-related sickness, and reduced productivity while at work."

Mr Livingston said that, on average, those workers who reported working additional hours in the year because of their co-workers' alcohol drinking habits worked an additional week annually, costing the Australian economy $453 million.

"Among those who had to work extra hours because of co-workers' alcohol drinking the burden was considerable," Mr Livingston said.

"The large annual cost we estimated at the population level of $453 million for extra hours worked because of co-workers' alcohol drinking is comparable to estimates of the cost of alcohol-attributable absenteeism in Australia.

"We did not attempt to attribute economic costs to the harms to workers whose work performance was negatively affected by the alcohol drinking of their co-workers, or whose health and safety were put at risk through accidents or close calls, although they are likely to be substantial.

"While our estimate of the cost to co-workers of alcohol use by heavily drinking colleagues is large, it may represent the tip of the iceberg."

The Medical Journal of Australia is a publication of the Australian Medical Association.

Source: MJA
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I'am negatively affected by drinkers around me especially in my house. because I was an alcoholic myself and now i've been sober for two year's and happy.
dianne60 Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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