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Untreated Alcohol Problems Threaten
the Lives of Employees and Their Families

Untreated alcohol problems do much more than reduce productivity and increase health care costs. They also expose employees and their families to greater risk in their daily lives.

Compared to employees without alcohol problems, those with alcohol problems are significantly more likely to experience health problems related to their drinking. In the last year, there are likely to have been:

23 more employees and family members with a serious problem with another drug
22 more employees and family members with a serious mental illness
18

more employees and family members more likely to smoke

Employees are more likely to get arrested or be involved in violence when they have alcohol problems.

Compared to people without alcohol problems:

41 more employees and family members are likely to have been arrested in the past year
70 more employees and family members are likely to drive under the influence of alcohol and other drugs
7 more employees and family members are likely to have committed an act of domestic violence within the past year

Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health

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