Staff 'should face alcohol tests'

Employees should take be tested to see whether they have an alcohol problem, according to campaigners. The Alcohol Health Network said that if problems were identified, employers could provide advice at an early stage.

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Your views: Alcohol testing at work

Employees should be tested at work see whether they have an alcohol problem, according to the Alcohol Health Network

We asked users of ITV News' Facebook page what they thought of this proposal.

I only drink at weekends when I'm not at work but I'm tested randomly for drugs and alcohol without any warnings, and I have to go even if I have finished my shift but I have nothing to hide so yes all workers should be tested.

– Mark Baird

Unless it affects their job and individuals around them then whose business is it? I personally think if everyone was tested on a Monday then we would all be brought into our bosses office for a "talking to".

– Monica Gallagher Lea

I think if they're in a safety conscious job, it's a good idea but not for everyone.

– Karen Bird

Test staff for alcohol 'to save problems later'

Don Shenker, director and founder of the Alcohol Health Network, said offering workers confidential tests for alcohol could "help prevent problems later".

Offering staff confidential use of the alcohol use disorders identification test and brief advice as a self-awareness initiative at work, whether through face to face interactions or leaflets, may well help prevent problems with alcohol at an earlier stage.

In this way, staff, who may be concerned about their drinking or whose level of drinking is not yet apparent to them, can assess the risks their drinking poses to their health and take appropriate action.

– Don Shenker, director and founder of the Alcohol Health Network

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Workers 'should be tested for alcohol misuse'

A standardised test for alcohol misuse should be introduced for people at work, a leading medical journal has said.

Early identification of a problem drinker can help prevent alcoholism developing, a substance abuse campaigner has said. Credit: PA

Employees should take a test which identifies whether or not they are "risky" drinkers, according to an article on bmj.com.

If a problem drinker was identified, employers could help tackle alcohol misuse by providing advice and "prevent alcohol-related harm and sickness costs", Don Shenker, director and founder of the Alcohol Health Network, wrote.

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