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Taking Action on Alcohol - Employees Workplace Health

Alcohol use can affect your health, safety, and job performance. 
Some facts for employees about alcohol use: 

  • Use of alcohol increases the risk for stroke, cancer, and high blood pressure. These health problems are more closely related to the amount of alcohol consumed than the type of alcohol consumed (ie: wine, beer or spirits). 
  • Alcohol use, even at low levels, can impact your job performance  
  • Alcohol use increases the chance of making mistakes because of inattention or poor judgment 
  • Working while under the influence of alcohol can cause serious accidents affecting you or your co-workers. 
  • Sometimes people use alcohol to cope with the stress of work or personal problems. If you feel that work related stress is having an impact on your drinking or health there are a number of things you can do to cope,
If you do drink alcohol, these are ways to decrease the health risks: 
  • Familiarize yourself with Canada's Low Risk Drinking Guidelines external link
  • Avoid getting intoxicated or drunk
  • Wait at least one hour between drinks
  • Have something to eat. Drink non-alcoholic beverages such as water, soft drinks or fruit juice such as sparking mineral water and fruit juices
  • Keep track of how much you drink — daily and weekly
  • Never drink and drive, nor ride with a driver who has been drinking. 
  • Don’t drink if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
  • Be a responsible host—encourage your guests to follow these guidelines.
  • Talk to your kids about alcohol.
  • Encourage your workplace to develop an alcohol policy.
  • If you are concerned about how drinking may affect your health, check with your doctor
  • If you don’t already drink, don’t start.
If you would like talk with someone about your alcohol use help is available. In Halton, you can call 311 for information on local agencies or you can go to the Ontario Drugs and Alcohol Helpline external link for advice.

Related Links

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health external link 
Ontario Drugs and Alcohol Helpline external link