Alcohol at work, a scourge for Swiss companies

Alcohol at work, a scourge for Swiss companies
Alcohol at work, a scourge for Swiss companies

Around 2% of Swiss employees have problematic alcohol consumption. Alcohol abuse at work increases the risk of accidents, increases absenteeism and reduces productivity, costing Swiss companies 2.1 billion francs per year.

Short-term unjustified absences from work are four to eight times more common among people with problematic alcohol consumption.

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Focused this year on the theme of “alcohol at work”, the National Day on Alcohol-Related Problems, organized on Thursday, intends to raise awareness of the consequences of consumption in the professional context and the possibilities available to act upstream .

Alcohol problems generally have “serious consequences” in the world of work, particularly from a safety point of view, prevention organizations point out in a press release.

The likelihood of causing an accident at work is three to four times higher among people with an alcohol problem. And 15% to 25% of workplace accidents are due to the consumption of alcohol or other psychoactive substances.

Short-term unjustified absences from work are four to eight times more common among people with problematic alcohol consumption. In addition, the costs resulting from productivity losses are estimated at 2.1 billion francs per year.

Certain sectors are particularly at risk, such as hotels and restaurants, transport, construction or agriculture. Work organization, staff shortages, conflicts or high productivity expectations can also have an influence on alcohol consumption.

Early detection

For prevention organizations, companies must take measures to avoid occupational illnesses and accidents. They can also set up a prevention program defining how to identify problematic consumption, how to train managers and where to find help.

Supervisors must strive to detect a change in behavior early and address the problem with the person concerned.

On the occasion of National Alcohol-Related Problems Day, May 23, regional addiction services are presenting their support offers for line managers, colleagues, those affected and those around them. Various activities are planned, such as stands, hotline for practical information on alcohol at work or in-company workshops.

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