A Moment of Clarity: Alcohol’s Impact Across Workers and Medical Management
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The health effects of alcohol have been well-researched for decades, but they have done little to slow down excessive drinking, with an estimated 1 in 6 Americans regularly engaging in binge drinking, and approximately 14.5 million suffering from alcohol use disorder (AUD), representing nearly 6% of the U.S. population 18 years of age or older. Unfortunately, this is no surprise, considering how omnipresent alcohol has been in human history.
Drinking culture is unlikely to disappear anytime soon, and while alcohol can be enjoyed responsibly, far too often it is not. The sheer pervasiveness of alcohol in the world can often blind people to the real-world impacts it can have, and workers’ comp is no exception to these impacts.
Alcohol can increase the likelihood of workplace injury and create problems in the workplace. It can also cause a wide range of health consequences that can impact claims management and injured worker recovery, and it can interfere with various medications prescribed in workers’ comp, further complicating recovery.
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