• Preventing or Reducing Common Health Problems

      Derr, W. Dennis (Employee Assistance Professionals Association, 2008-08)
      Employee assistance programs historically have shared an on again, off again "affair" with health care. Indeed. EAPs' genesis as a workplace intervention program for alcohol and drug abuse suggested a linkage to a domain traditionally governed by the health care industry
    • Substance Abuse, Health Problems, and Sleep

      Hill, Mary S. (2008-11)
      Many of us are sleep deprived and do not make getting enough restful sleep a priority. Roughly 75% of adults experience sleep problems at least a few nights each week according to the National Sleep Foundation. Overall, at least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. Sleep problems have a substantial impact, not just on individuals but on the businesses that employ them. On average, 62 percent of working adults who responded to a recent survey (n=3,948) are getting no more than six hours of sleep each night, significantly less than the typical adult nightly requirement of seven to nine hours. The consequences of sleep deprivation are significant: morale and work relationships suffer, while absences, insurance claims, and errors and accidents increase.
    • Whitepaper: Workplace Alcohol Screening - Current Research & Applications

      McCann, Bernard A. (2015)
      Alcohol misuse has a number of adverse effects on health and is a significant health problem worldwide. In the United States, alcohol use disorders are among the most costly medical and public health problems (McLellan, Lewis, O’Brien, & Kleber, 2000), ranking third as an avoidable cause of premature mortality and morbidity (Mokdad, Marks, Stroup, & Gerberding, 2005). A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated excessive drinking costs the US economy more than $224 billion annually, or about $1.90 per drink, and approximately $746 per person per capita with almost three-quarters of this figure due to binge drinking (that is, consuming four or more alcoholic beverages per occasion for women or five or more drinks per occasion for men). The majority of these costs were reflected in lost productivity (Bouchery, Harwood, Sacks, Simon, & Brewer, 2011).