LivingSmart | Managing Alcohol Use

The alcohol problem

Drinking socially and professionally is a casual thing for most people, but unhealthy alcohol use can creep in and become a disruptive problem—both in the workplace and outside of it—before most people realize it.

Some may think that the problem is limited to alcohol use disorder (alcoholism), a condition that affects about 6% of the US adult population. However, an alarming 1 in 6 US adults binge drink (about 7 drinks) at least once per month.

An employee that drinks excessively costs their employer $670 each year in increased health costs, lost productivity, and absenteeism. Furthermore, one in five US adults experienced harm within the past year due to someone else’s drinking—be it emotional or physical abuse, damage to property, etc.

Where most workplace alcohol solutions fall short

The societal stigma and personal shame of a drinking problem makes it very difficult for many drinkers to seek help until it’s too late. Unfortunately, most employers offer their over-imbibing employees little or no proactive support—just their employee assistance program (EAP), which is typically not well-utilized for a variety of reasons.

This issue can be solved by actively promoting a convenient alcohol management program to the entire organization—not as something that carries a stigma, but rather as a regular activity that is built into the employee wellness program.

The SelfHelpWorks approach

The LivingSmart online alcohol management program uses a proprietary, evidence-based cognitive behavioral training process to help participants change the way they think about drinking rather than telling them what to do to quit. Participants learn to eliminate psychological roadblocks and break free of their emotional dependence on alcohol, so they can either quit drinking completely or modify their habits to drink less again. The result is genuine, lasting behavior change and a higher quality of life.

In a comparison of annual Health Risk Assessments (HRA’s) conducted by a large national wellness vendor, 52% of the 4,000-plus employees who took the LivingSmart alcohol management program reported reduced alcohol use on their next annual HRA.

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