Rethinking Drinking

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Many of us enjoy a drink now and then, but drinking too much can endanger your health and safety, as well as the safety of others. National Alcohol Awareness Month is a good opportunity to start “rethinking your drinking.”

Many people struggle with controlling their drinking at some time in their lives. Approximately 17 million adults ages 18 and older have an alcohol use disorder and 1 in 10 children live in a home with a parent who has a drinking problem.1

Oftentimes, alcohol problems spill over into the workplace, decreasing productivity and putting co-workers at risk. Consider the following statistics from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence2:

  • Workers with alcohol problems were 2.7 times more likely than workers without drinking problems to have injury-related absences.
  • A hospital emergency department study showed that 35 percent of patients with an occupational injury were at-risk drinkers.
  • Breathalyzer tests detected alcohol in 16 percent of emergency room patients injured at work.
  • Analyses of workplace fatalities showed that at least 11 percent of the victims had been drinking.
  • Large federal surveys show that 24 percent of workers report drinking during the workday at least once in the past year.
  • One-fifth of workers and managers across a wide range of industries and company sizes report that a coworker’s on- or off-the-job drinking jeopardized their own productivity and safety.

The good news is that most people with an alcohol problem can benefit from some form of treatment, and work can be an important place to address the issue through Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). By offering and supporting treatment options, employers can help improve the health of their workers while at the same time reducing costs.

Health Net, Inc.’s behavioral health subsidiary, MHN, offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through which members can receive support for alcoholism and other behavioral health conditions. To learn more about MHN, please visit www.mhn.com, call 1-800-327-7526 or email productinfo@mhn.com.

1 www.pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/
2 www.ncadd.org

This article is for informational and self-help purposes only. It should not be treated as a substitute for financial, medical, psychiatric, psychological, or behavioral health care advice, or as a substitute for consultation with a qualified professional.

Managed Health Network, LLC (MHN) is a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. The MHN family of companies includes Managed Health Network, MHN Services and MHN Government Services. Health Net and Managed Health Network are registered service marks of Health Net, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

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