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Employers should help prevent misuse of alcohol by employees

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6590 (Published 07 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6590

Re: Employers should help prevent misuse of alcohol by employees

Sir,

There are two issues I see with the advice for employers:

Firstly ethical questions about how far the workplace should extend into employees private life. Employees fully understand that time in work is to do the work that the employer requires of them, but to tell them what they can and can't do outside of work is a sure way to breed resentment.

Secondly the attitude of employers to alcohol abuse where when it overlaps into the workplace (mistakes, lateness, absence, etc) it may well be viewed as misconduct rather than illness. This needs to change first.

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 November 2013
Stephen Pearce
Biomedical Scientist / Trade Union Representative
Welsh Blood Service
Ely Valley Road, Talbot Green CF72 9WB