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Alcohol misuse during the Christmas period: employers' checklist

Helen Dallimore of Osborne Clarke continues a series of articles on dealing with alcohol misuse during the Christmas period with a checklist that sets out some practical steps that employers can take to reduce, and deal with, alcohol misuse in the workplace, which may increase in the run-up to Christmas.  By ensuring that the rules on alcohol use during working hours are clear, applying an alcohol policy consistently and dealing with incidents of drunkenness at work quickly, employers can help to reduce the risks associated with alcohol misuse by employees. 

1. Identify the potential risk to the business of alcohol misuse by employees and the correct approach to adopt. 

The level of risk associated with employees being under the influence of alcohol at work varies across employers and the nature of the work performed.