Dealing with addiction: Drugs,Tobacco and Alcohol toolkit

By using the Business in the Community Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco toolkit, in association with Public Health England, you can support your employees wellbeing to reduce sickness, absence, and improve mental wellbeing and productivity
 
By using the Business in the Community Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco toolkit, in association with Public Health England, you can support your employees wellbeing to reduce sickness, absence, and improve mental wellbeing and productivity. 
 
The toolkit includes:
  • A clear, staged checklist of actions for employers of all sizes
  • An adaptable framework for a Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco policy
  • A summary of key legislation relating to drugs and alcohol use in England
  • Case studies from a range of organisations
 
Employers may not traditionally see alcohol, drug or tobacco use as part of their responsibility but there is a huge cost to business, the economy and individual workers. In England there were an estimated 301,000 potential years of life lost due to alcohol in 20151  and the economic impact is estimated to be up to £7.3bn a year.  
 
In addition, smoking costs employers £5.3bn through increased sickness absence and smoking breaks, and two thirds of smokers say they want to stop, but many fail without adequate support. An estimated 1.5 million people in the UK are addicted to prescription and over-the-counter medicines. 4
 

 

 

[1] In England in 2015 there were an estimated 301,000 potential years of life lost due to alcohol and 360,000 due to tobacco in people aged under 75. Source: Public Health England

[2] Gov.uk

[3] Gov.uk

[4] Drug Misuse: Findings from the 2016/17 Crime Survey for England and Wales