The UK has seen an increase in alcohol consumption during COVID-19, the biggest increase was during the summer furlough period. However, we are now in lockdown 3.0 and chances are, for some, drinking will now be at problem levels.
Many people use alcohol to deal with stressful events, such as losing a job or bereavement. Events like this can trigger heavy drinking, which can lead to alcohol dependence and both physical and mental health problems.
Do you find it difficult to enjoy yourself or relax without having a drink? Do you ever say “I need a drink”? If yes, it’s possible you’ve become dependent on alcohol.
The NHS estimates that just under 1 in 10 men in the UK and 1 in 20 UK women, show signs of alcohol dependence.
Being dependent on alcohol means you feel you’re not able to function without it, that drinking becomes an important, or sometimes the most important, factor in your life.
Like many drugs, alcohol can be both physically and psychologically addictive.
The freedom of working from home has allowed workers to behave in ways they wouldn’t dream of in the office. Just because you are in your own home, alcohol and substance abuse policies still apply and Health & Safety is still the employer’s responsibility.
If you’ve concerns about drugs and or alcohol in the workplace we can help, please contact us.
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