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[Alcohol and working life].

Authors
  • Kaarne, Tiina
  • Aalto, Mauri
Type
Published Article
Journal
Duodecim; laaketieteellinen aikakauskirja
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2009
Volume
125
Issue
8
Pages
905–911
Identifiers
PMID: 19492706
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Alcohol-related harm constitutes a significant factor decreasing work productivity. Of heavy alcohol users, most participate in working life. According to labour contract law, a person attending the workplace inebriated can be fired. If the employer applies a deferral to treatment practice, the drug- or alcohol-addicted person can be provided with the choice of therapy and rehabilitation instead of terminating the employment. According to the recent recommendation by the trade unions, organizations should have a program for preventing substance abuse. The employer should take care of the worker's intoxicant education and train the foremen to intervene in the situations on time.

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