Facts & Figures
Alcohol and other drugs abuse is one of the most serious health problems affecting employers today. The cost to Australian industry is between $13.7 billion and $30 billion per annum through accidents, lost productivity, staff turnover, low morale and related problems. (Parliament of Australia : Parliamentary Library Research Brief No. 7 2004/05 (Haine and John)
Current research from America (2002 National survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) sourced from US Department of Labor) indicate that 70% of persons aged 12 years or older using illicit drugs either are employed part or full time. When the effects of alcohol abuse are added, the result is a large, impaired portion of the national workforce. For the typical employer, this may mean unhealthy and at risk, employees, unsafe work conditions, loss of productivity, smaller profits, more accidents, theft and fraud, high staff turnover, high WorkCover premiums and a host of other negative effects for the employer and the employee.