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Is it illegal to drink at work?
Yes it is, in safety-sensitive jobs or if you drive.
- The Transport and Works Act 1992 makes it an offence for certain workers to be unfit through drink or drugs while working on railways, tramways and other guided transport systems.
- The Road Traffic Act 1988 makes it an offence for anyone to drive while unfit through drink or drugs.
Employers also have general duties to protect workers' health and safety under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA), and to carry out risk assessments under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.