The Alcohol Cost Calculator:
A Snapshot Report for 1,000 Employees in The United States
Education, Health, and Social Services Industry
How Many Employees and Family Members
Could Benefit from Intervention and Support?
Problem drinking, including alcoholism, can strike anyone employed by your company. This calculator estimates how many employees and their family members have alcohol problems and how many still need treatment.
For the Education, Health, and Social Services Industry:
|Number of Employees:||1,000|
|Likely number of problem drinkers in your workforce:
The federal government estimates that 9.1 percent of employed Americans 18 years of age and older have experienced serious problems, including alcoholism, as a result of their drinking. The prevalence varies by industry sector. The average prevalence of alcohol problems among workers in the Education, Health, and Social Services sector is 5.1 percent.
|Likely number of the 1,610 employees' family members who are problem drinkers:
Problem drinking has a profound impact on the family. Among families where alcoholism is present, more than half of working family members report that their own ability to function at work suffers because of their relative’s drinking. Identifying and treating the problem drinking of employees' family members can increase productivity and curb health care costs.
How Do Untreated Alcohol Problems Affect
Productivity and Health Care Costs?
When left untreated, alcohol problems among employees increase absenteeism, reduce productivity and make it more difficult for coworkers to do their jobs. One survey found that 20 percent of workers say they have been injured, had to cover for a coworker, or needed to work harder because of other employees' drinking. Untreated alcohol problems also increase health care costs among employees and their family members.
The impact and cost of untreated alcohol problems extend far beyond the workplace.
|Likely number of excess work days lost to sickness, injury and absence
because of problem drinking per month:
Hangovers and alcohol-related health problems affect employee attendance. People with drinking problems say they call in sick or skip work thirty percent more than workers who don't have drinking problems. They also are more likely to be late for work or to leave early.
|Cost of excess lost days per year:||$25,321|
|Likely alcohol-related health care costs
People with alcohol problems seek emergency room attention 33 percent more often than people without drinking problems and stay in the hospital almost one-and-a-quarter days longer. Their families use more health care, too. Problem drinking is the primary or secondary cause of many serious medical conditions, including heart and liver disease and cancer. Problem drinking also contributes to many unintentional injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes, burns and falls. In addition, it can interfere with medications used to treat many health problems.
|Excess Emergency Room Visits at $1,191.81/visit||15 excess visits
|Excess Days in the Hospital at $5,306.68/day||-18 excess days
|Emergency Department and Hospital Costs||$-78,047|
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