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H11. Alcohol in the workplace

Committed since:

23 January, 2015

Delivery plan:

Submitted: 23 January, 2015

Procedure for alcohol misuse:


The misuse of alcohol is defined as any consumption which adversely interferes with your health or job performance.

The following may be indicators of such misuse:

• Absenteeism
• Decreased work performance
• The smell of alcohol
• Uncharacteristic moodiness, irritability or lethargy
• Hand tremor, facial flushing or bleary eyes
• Deteriorating work performance

Dealing with Alcohol Misuse

Where a problem has been identified, or there are reasonable grounds for concern, immediate action should be taken. Where possible, confidentiality will be maintained, with only those having a need to know being informed.

If you are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol you will be interviewed by your manager or another member of management as appropriate. Where practical you will be given the opportunity to be accompanied at the meeting by a colleague.

If, as a result of this meeting it is believed that you are under the influence of alcohol, you will be asked to leave the workplace for the safety of yourself, your colleagues and visitors. It is sufficient for there to be a reasonable belief based on reasonable grounds that this is the case.

An investigation into the incident will be conducted, normally by your manager. You may be suspended with pay during this investigation. Depending upon the outcome of the investigation further action may be taken, for example, disciplinary proceedings or we may seek medical advice.

Medical Support

Drinkaware recognises that the misuse of alcohol can be a medical problem and in these circumstances will offer appropriate support to you to help you make a recovery.
If a medical problem is identified and accepted by you, then professional help will be sought.

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