Substance Abuse and its Effects on Workplaces and Employees

This paper also defines the problems linked with substance abuse and aims to define alcohol-related issues specifically.
People face different kinds of problems in their life like financial, business, social and health problems. They try to face these problems and to control stress and mental strain they start using drugs and smoking as a prop. However, drugs and smoking are not the solution to any problem but are the reason for upcoming health and psychological problems.
Smoking has been declared as a more severe risk to human life than other addictions. Cigarettes alone are responsible for the waste of more human lives than the collective danger of alcohol, accidents, suicidal crimes, AIDS and illegal drugs. Despite that, 21% of adults, 22% of high school students and 8% of middle school students smoke. One in five of all deaths every year in the United States have been credited to smoking, killing more than AIDS, suicide, alcohol, car accidents, homicide, and illegal drugs combined (American Cancer Society, 2004). However, a great number of people are addicted to drugs, which are also the chief cause of ill-health nowadays. Drug abuse not only affects an individual but harm the whole society or community. The people who are addicted to alcohol consumption, cocaine and other drugs not only waste their money and precious time due to intoxication but also leave a bad impact on their young ones. Research explains that increased sales law enforcement can decrease the selling of drugs to individuals. For instance, setting up enforcement of lowest alcohol buying age laws is desired to make them more efficient (Grube, 1997). This paper aims to address the issues related to drug-abusing and further emphasizes the extreme drinking patterns and their effects. This paper also proposes some recommendations to avoid alcohol consumption issues in the workplace and also defines the possible effects of imposing laws, rules, and programs against it.