Government reforms (1): Tobacco, alcohol & drugs


The Government has published a toolkit (available here) designed to help employers tackle tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse.

The toolkit follows Government research which suggests that absenteeism and low productivity related to substance misuse costs employers £5.3 billion.

The toolkit identifies a number of steps employers can take to help their workforces and combat substance abuse. These include:

  • Leadership making a clear commitment and receiving training to tackle substance abuse;
  • Making reasonable adjustments for staff who are required to take time off to deal with substance abuse; and
  • Encouraging employees to consider whether their consumption is putting their health at risk.