With contributions from leading international academics across the biological sciences, this handbook takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 31 chapters are divided into four parts: Part I Determination of Substance Misuse Part II PK and PD in Relation to Patterns of Use Part III Detection and Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Use Part IV Controversies and New Approaches This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community, and will be a vital resource to the allied professions involved in work-place drug testing, clinical toxicology, and forensic science.

Chapter 22: Alcohol-related Offences, Alcohol Use Disorders and the Workplace

Alcohol-related Offences, Alcohol Use Disorders and the Workplace

Convictions for Alcohol-related Offences, Alcohol Use Disorders and the Workplace
Kim WolffSamantha GrossNoorzurani RobsonJane Marshall

Alcohol consumption and alcohol use disorders

It is well known that disease burden is closely related to average volume of alcohol consumption and to units of exposure. This relationship is strongest in poor people and in those who are marginalised from society (Rehm et al, 2009). It has been estimated that the costs associated with alcohol use amount to more than 1% of the gross national product in high- and middle-income countries, with the costs of social harm constituting a major proportion in addition to health costs (Rehm et al, 2009).

In the workplace, alcohol misuse in England costs around £7.3 billion annually from lost ...

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