Drugs and Alcohol

Drug and alcohol use can massively increase the risk of accidents, and of course extended use can cause untold harm to people's personal and working lives. Good drug and alcohol policies enable employers to support staff who need help, and protect colleagues and clients.

Further Information

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has information, case studies and news on health and safety issues and law relevant to drugs and alcohol misuse in the workplace, including the free leaflets Don't mix it! A guide for employers on alcohol at work (PDF, 112KB) and Drug abuse at work: a guide for employers (PDF, 152KB).

Hazards magazine has articles and information on drugs and alcohol in the workplace on its website.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can be reached on 0800 9177 650 or by emailing help@alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk.

The Talk to Frank website provides information and advice on drugs.

The TUC has produced guidance for reps: Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace (PDF, 60KB).

UNISON has put together resources on alcohol, drugs and substance abuse on its website.

Guidance on drugs and alcohol from general union Unite (PDF, 94KB) is also available online. 

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.