Sep 11 2009

When It Comes to Your Drinking, Think Like a Manager, Not an Alcoholic

As we all have heard, alcoholics are quick to deny that they have a drinking problem and as we’ve discussed in previous posts, functioning alcoholics don’t realize they are in the grasp of alcohol until it is too late. It’s unfortunate because it can mean the destruction of their career, family life, social networks and their own health.

Many managers are able to easily observe a workplace problem or opportunity and take an objective look to come up with unique ways to solve an old problem. I challenge you today to apply this same business thinking to your drinking. Let’s analyze the impact that your own drinking may be having on you and your organization.

For example according to The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information you:

  • Are far less productive.
  • Use three times as many sick days.
  • Are more likely to injure yourself or someone else.
  • Are five times more likely to file worker’s compensation claims.

According to the Department of Labor and a study conducted in Ohio, the following improvements in job-related performance were found in companies that addressed alcohol abuse prevention in the workplace:

  • 91 percent decrease in absenteeism.
  • 88 percent decrease in problems with supervisors.
  • 93 percent decrease in mistakes in work.
  • 97 percent decrease in on-the-job injuries.

So if you won’t listen to your colleagues, your family and friends; sit down and think of the positive impact that a new life which keeps alcohol in-check might bring to your business and yourself.

You may not even need to leave your home or work to get help. A number of new treatments like the Freedom From Alcohol Method® are available. Through the use of anti-craving medication and counseling, you can receive confidential treatment to help you abstain or lessen alcohol’s grip on your health and behavior – and take your life back from alcohol.

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3 Responses to “When It Comes to Your Drinking, Think Like a Manager, Not an Alcoholic”

  1. Mikeon 25 Sep 2009 at 10:42 am

    thanks for the post.
    I love stats and list when it comes to addiction.
    I especially like the list you blogged regarding what happens after sobriety at work.
    It is so very true. I know I rarely had a six day in the 17 years I’ve been sober. I won’t say I am perfect in any of it but my stats are much higher!!!

  2. Hoot Hootenon 27 Sep 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Ironically, the highest rate of alcohol abuse by categary is: Construction, where heavy equipment and dangerous tools are utilized.

    One of the problems is, there are so many employers and heads of personel that are “gun shy” about being politically incorrect, that they’re reticent to confront the employee.

    As a one time employer and a recovering alcoholic, I took the evidence straight to the employee and gave them an option – Do something about it or you’re out. Twice I told different employees to “Give me 90 meetings in 90 days.” One made it the other didn’t.

    The wife of the one that didn’t, blamed me for putting so much pressure on him. Not long after, his disease took him so deep that he blew his head off with a shotgun. God rest his soul. He was a good man.

    Thanks for letting me share. It’s all in my book, Drunk & Disorderly, Again

  3. Jordyon 11 Oct 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I can relate very well to what you are saying here about an alcoholics problem affecting their work. Before I quit, I would have enough alcohol in my system by noon to cause me to sleep until about two. Then, I’d get up and have another, work a while and take another nap. It was a horrible cycle. I almost lost my business completely because of my battle. Thank God and AA, I have been free from the stuff for eleven years now.

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