and work performance do not go well together. In fact, they repel each other
and should not be mixed. Drinking excessively the night before work, or during
working hours is a big no-no, as the effects of alcohol on your brain could
significantly affect your work performance negatively, and even hurt your
that glass of wine or pint of beer over lunch seems harmless enough but it
could be the reason for being unproductive in the afternoon. Here are several
other reasons why you should avoid alcohol when you work:
1. The risk of workplace injuries.
people who work in industries where driving or use of machinery is involved,
drinking is not only wrong and potentially illegal, but also dangerous. The
risk of getting into or causing accidents is heightened, and the outcome could
range from serious injuries to fatalities.
sometimes over-indulge or binge at after-work events or conferences. This could
lead to missing work the next day or calling in sick more often. While it’s
okay to have a few drinks at such events, it is also best to drink in
moderation keeping in mind the need to be sober for work the next day.
has various effects on your brain, which could lead you to be unproductive at
work. Lower concentration levels, lack of attentiveness, procrastination, and
more frequent errors could all stem to alcohol consumption before or during
work hours, leading to poor quality of work.
4. Tardiness/sleeping on the job.
after-effects of alcohol consumption, such as lethargy, hangovers, sleepiness
and headaches, can also cause under productivity at work. They can even cause
you to be entirely absent from work. You might find yourself sleeping on the
job or performing very poorly. Alcohol and work performance do not go hand in
appearance also matters a lot and showing up at work drunk or hangover could
make you look tardy.
5. Damaged customer relations.
consumption of alcohol can impair judgment and makes you quite gutsy, which
could lead to actions and decisions that you would not make in other
circumstances. This could cause you problems with your clients, colleagues and senior
management, putting you at risk of losing your job.
What can the workplace do to manage this problem?
and companies can manage issues of alcoholism at work with awareness and
support strategies, such as:
- Establishing programs which focus on improving health.
- Putting in place an anonymous Employee Assistance Program where employees can
get support for the external issues they may face within or outside the
- Educating employees about the dangers of working under the influence.
- Establishing known substance abuse policies and consequences for employees who
fail to observe them.
responsibility of showing up to work sober, focused and on-time solely lies
with the employee. It is an employee’s duty to steer clear of all alcohol and
any other intoxicating substances during work hours and right before work. The
effects of alcohol on your performance at work could cost your job and
message is simple – alcohol and excellence at work do not mix.
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