Re: Employers should help prevent misuse of alcohol by employees
Responses to the article I wrote are very encouraging. There needs to be a clear understanding from employers and employees that self-assessment is not the same as testing.
Employers (some at least) already test their staff for alcohol use. What we are proposing is rather different - that staff be given the option to self-assess their own drinking privately.
We are not suggesting that employers carry out AUDIT screens on their staff, on the contrary, we want employers to encourage staff to self-administer this for themselves - wholly anonymously and confidentially.
We believe this can act to raise self-awareness and reduce hazardous drinking - helping high risk drinking to be self-identified and corrective action to be taken by employees independently of their employer. Thus preventing drink problems from developing at an earlier stage.
Competing interests: No competing interests