NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the U.S. 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence, along with several million more who engage in risky drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems (1). Despite the adverse effects, some employers encourage mixing business with pleasure and allow drinking on the job. Novus Medical Detox is experienced in dealing with high-dose cases of alcohol abuse, and warns businesses to take the threat of on-the-job alcohol abuse seriously.
Drinking on the job can be a costly mistake for both businesses and employees. Allowing employees to imbibe while working leaves businesses open to potential legal issues, severely impacting the welfare of the employee and the company.
- In December, 2011, a restaurant sommelier left work and subsequently crashed into and killed another driver. It was revealed that the sommelier had a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit. The victim's family alleged that the restaurant had allowed the man to drink to excess on its premises after hours and then drive drunk, costing the restaurant one million dollars (2).
- A Hernando County crossing guard was recently relieved of his duties after being found legally drunk while working his shift. The guard initially said he'd had only one drink. Upon a breathalyzer test, the guard blew a .18 and subsequently admitted to having had more than a few drinks, putting his and others' lives at risk (3).
Novus Detox states that alcohol is an on-the-job safety issue, as it affects the entire body within minutes of hitting the bloodstream. As an employer, the risks of employees drinking on the job are numerous and damaging, and include:
- Workplace injuries
- Decreased company productivity
- Negative image for the company
- Low morale of co-workers
- Insurance claims
- Damage to the company's image
Novus warns that permitting employees to consume alcohol freely may unknowingly feed a burgeoning alcohol dependency. And when consumed, even in moderation, alcohol shuts off the self-censoring part of the brain, and also inhibits a person's ability to make sound decisions when needed at work and elsewhere.
If an employer suspects that they have an employee with a problem, effective help can be sought. Novus provides a safe detox facility for those suffering from alcoholism, and warns that quitting cold-turkey, without assistance, can be fatal. Novus Medical Detox has more than a 90% completion rate of people who start their medical detox at the facility. Unlike many detox facilities, Novus pays particular attention to strengthening their patients' bodies through a proprietary I.V. vitamin mix that is tailored to each individual in order to make the detox process as painless as possible. The vitamin protocol is an advanced holistic approach that allows Novus to handle the toughest of alcohol abusers.
"One of the advantages of our system is our ability to quickly and effectively detox our patients," Runyon said, "especially those high-dose, high-risk patients who might not be accepted elsewhere."
About Novus Medical Detox Center
Novus Medical Detox Center offers safe, effective alcohol and drug treatment programs in a home-like residential setting. Located on 3.25 tree-lined acres in New Port Richey, Fla., Novus is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families as an in-patient medical detox facility. Novus is known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medications, drugs and alcohol by creating a customized detox program for each patient, incorporating medication, natural supplements and fluid replenishment—putting dignity and humanity back into drug detoxification. Patients have 24/7 medical supervision, including round-the-clock nursing care and access to a withdrawal specialist, and enjoy comfortable private or shared rooms with a telephone, television, DVD player and high-speed Internet access. For more information on the Novus Medical Detox Center, visit www.NovusDetox.com.
(1) "Alcohol & Drug Information." Ncadd.org. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2013. ncadd.org/index.php/for-the-media/alcohol-a-drug-information.
(2) Copeland, Larry. "USA TODAY." Usatoday.com. USA Today, 5 Sept. 2012. Web. 24 Mar. 2013. usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-09-04/restaurants-drinking-lawsuit-crash-south-carolina/57586486/1.
(3) Weber, Kristin. "Drunk on the Job: Hernando County School Crossing Guard." Wtsp.com. N.p., 15 Mar. 2013. Web. 21 Mar. 2013. wtsp.com/news/local/article/304560/8/Drunk-on-the-Job-School-crossing-guard?source=nletter-.
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