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Stress, fatigue, headaches, numbness, depression, dependence on drugs? Could be bullying ... read this

The cost of drugs and alcohol at work

A report by Alcohol Concern in May 2000 estimated that hard drinking costs UK plc around 3.3 billion each year. The NHS spends around 200 million treating drink-related illness whilst alcohol-related road traffic accidents cost 189 million and alcohol-related crime costs 68 million.

Research published by the CIPD in September 1999 puts the cost of alcohol abuse in the workplace in the UK at around 2 billion each year. Drug abuse accounts for an estimated 800 million, whilst alcohol and drugs combined account for an estimated 14 million lost working days.

A variety of causes are cited, including pressure by the employer to get drunk with clients, especially at hospitality events.

One cause of alcohol and substance abuse that is often overlooked is employees becoming dependent on alcohol, and sometimes drugs, due to the prolonged negative stress caused by bullying and harassment, often backed up by threat, coercion, long working hours and job insecurity. Dependence can range from tannin and caffeine in tea and coffee, nicotine from smoking, through alcohol abuse, drug abuse and substance abuse to beta-blockers and antidepressants such as Prozac (fluoxetine).

Bully OnLine provides unique insight into both the tactics and effects of bullying and harassment and reveals the main perpetrator of bullying, the serial bully. Everyone, I believe, has experience of at least one person in their life with the profile of the serial bully. It may be at home with a violent partner or family member, or at work with an aggressive co-worker or boss, or with an aggressive neighbor, or at school with the school bully. Living or working with a serial bully can drive you to become dependent on drugs, from tea, coffee, nicotine, alcohol, to betablockers and antidepressants such as Prozac. Click here to see who you know with this behavior profile.

Browse this web site to recognize the tactics of bullying ... start with Am I being bullied? then move on to What is bullying? Click injury to health to see the effects of prolonged negative stress such as that caused by bullying and harassment. Unchecked, prolonged negative stress can result in trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. To find out what you can do about bullying and harassment, click Action to tackle bullying. And have a look at the profile of the serial bully which is common to to many violent people.

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