We often get asked “what is the level of drug use in the UK really like?”.
Here are some bullet point figures from England & Wales for 2018/19:
Alcoholism and drug dependence can lead to lowered productivity within the workplace, with increased levels of absenteeism and sick leave, accidents and injuries, including fatal accidents and even premature deaths.
Substance abuse is linked to 60% of all poor performances and 40% of industrial accidents at work.
83% of employees who have had a hangover at work admit that it affected their productivity, 33% admit to having gone to work with a hangover, and 22% admit to having made mistakes at work because of a hangover.
It has been reported that 65.7% of adult drug users and 75% of illicit drug users (i.e. 17% of the total workforce) are employed.
It has been reported that during lockdown drug & alcohol use has been on the increase.
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