Social, occupational, financial and legal effects of drinking alcohol

Alcohol leads of a variety of problems at work and with family members and friends and may lead to certain financial difficulties or legal problems.

Occupational Problems due to Problem Alcohol Use

  • Frequent absences from work or in-between duty timings
  • Decreased productivity
  • Unemployment or loss of employment
  • Fight with colleagues
  • Accidents while handling heavy machinery
  • Sleeping at work
  • Carelessness, missed deadlines
  • Aggressive behavior – physical or verbal


Social and Relationship Problems due to Problem Alcohol Use

  • Violence towards family members, especially towards intimate partner / spouse
  • Separations and divorces
  • Emotional hardship to the family
  • Substantial mental health problems for other family members, such as anxiety, depression
  • Aggressive or violent behavior towards others
  • Misbehaving in social gatherings, e.g., getting intoxicated or drunk on parties


Legal and Financial Effects of Problem Alcohol Use

  • Arrest for misconduct
  • Increasing the vulnerability towards crimes and illegal acts
  • Acts of violence against others
  • Risk of being a perpetrator or a victim of sexual harassment, physical, emotional and sexual abuse
  • Expenditure on purchasing alcohol
  • Medical expenditure – money spent on treatment of various health problems resulting from alcohol use
  • Financial burden on the employers or the company due to under-productivity
  • Financial hardships due to loss of employment or poor performance in the work arena
  • Squandering financial resources of family/household



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