According to a recent CIPD survey, four out of ten employers believe alcohol misuse is a significant cause of employee absence and lost productivity. Despite the negative impact of alcohol misuse, approximately half of those surveyed by the CIPD had no policy in place to deal with the issue.

The Health and Safety Executive has estimated that up to 14 million working days are lost each year due to alcohol-related problems, costing British industry £2bn a year. With figures such as these it is highly advisable that employers have appropriate policies in place to help manage the problem.