Since 1987 the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month each April. This observance has been designated by the NCADD to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.
Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.1 Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.5 million years of potential life lost annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death.1 Not only does alcohol contribute to the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the U.S.,1 excessive alcohol use can also be an expensive problem for business and industry.2
The cost of substance abuse for employers
The effect of alcoholism and drug dependence in the workplace can lead to a wide range of issues for your organization:
- an increase in health care spend;
- lost productivity and absenteeism;
- high turnover and training of new employees;
- legal liabilities and workers’ compensation costs.2
By encouraging and supporting treatment, employers can dramatically assist in reducing the negative effects of alcoholism and addiction in the workplace, while reducing their costs.2
How we can help you address substance abuse issues
We offer our customers access to resources such as Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), which according to the NCADD, “is the most effective way to address alcohol and drug problems in the workplace.”2
Connect with your AmeriHealth Administrators representative or broker to find out what resources we can offer to help your population cope with substance abuse and other work-life issues.
1 “Facts About Alcohol”; National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. Modified: July 25, 2015. www.ncadd.org/about-addiction/alcohol/facts-about-alcohol
2 “Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace”; National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. Modified: April 26, 2015.www.ncadd.org/about-addiction/addiction-update/drugs-and-alcohol-in-the-workplace