At first thought, you might not think so. But once you’ve read this story, you will be glad that alcohol testing at work does occur in some industries!
Will you be subject to alcohol testing at work? Or on the way to work?
Do you have alcohol restrictions at your work? Are you an emergency responder? Are you a member of the police or armed forces? Do you have conditions of duty whereby the consumption of alcohol is not tolerated?
Many people have a closely regulated drug and alcohol testing regime, based on their conditions of work. Doctors, nurses, airline employees, truck drivers, taxi drivers, the list goes on and on. Many employers set in place strict guidelines when it comes to the use of drugs and alcohol. And necessarily so, for the safety of many!
We have recently begun to hear stories of airline pilots who turn up for work under the influence of alcohol. (Seriously! Read one example HERE.) We presume this is due to over-indulgence the night before attempting to fly, but this is still a cause for concern.
It is the same when driving a motor vehicle; no one wants their co-workers to come to work while under the influence.
Hopefully, we have a workplace that encourages someone who has overdone it the night before to call in sick rather than attempt to drive to work early next morning. It’s not worth the risks to one’s safety, or the safety of other road users!
But while stories of employees reporting for duty with alcohol in their system are not common, there is still an underlying problem. The amount we drink at home remains private, and in some cases, we may have trouble controlling the amount of alcohol we consume.
Even if we do not consider ourselves to be addicted to alcohol, there is a likelihood that some of us are at risk of becoming alcoholics, even though we appear to be perfectly functional.
So how do you beat the system?
Are you subjected to alcohol testing or testing for drugs in your workplace? Do you have prescribed limits placed on blood alcohol content? Is it a struggle to try to stay just under the limits so that you don’t get caught, or do you avoid alcohol completely?
Do you know when testing is due to occur? Do you make plans to work around the drug and alcohol testing regime, just to make sure you pass the test? Are you worried about passing the alcohol testing?
Are you subject to random alcohol testing, and do you worry about getting caught over the limit?
What are the consequences of getting caught?
Do you know if there are consequences of getting caught with alcohol in your blood stream? Would you lose your job?
Are you worried that you might get caught and lose your job?
The problem with drinking is that the very same stress that we try to medicate with alcohol is actually caused by drinking in the first place. We think that we can ignore the stress of the day by having a glass or two of alcohol. But after that temporary feeling of well-being is gone, the stress returns. And the only way to relax is to have more alcohol. I don’t need to tell you this is a vicious cycle! and drinking too much alcohol does not make the stress go away. The worry always returns, sometimes worse than before.
There is a better way
Would you like to be free from the stress caused by drinking? Believe it or not, there is a far better way to avoid the stress than by drinking. The answer is to stop drinking, especially if drinking is causing the stress. Hear me out…
I know because this is how it used to be for me
Not so long ago, I found I was constantly stressed by simple things in my life. My job, my car, my mortgage, and even my kid’s sport. All the simple everyday things in my life were causing stress, and unfortunately, alcohol seemed the only way to find an outlet.
Alcohol causes stress
Although I didn’t realise it at the time, it wasn’t necessarily my job or my life causing the stress, but rather it was the alcohol. Alcohol became too much of a priority, and it was difficult to find time for the other important things in my life. And I was getting more and more stressed. And I was drinking more and more alcohol.
Stuck in denial
The problem is, when you get caught in the vicious cycle, just like I was, you just don’t realise the facts. Often, we are reluctant to listen when someone tries to tell us we have a problem. Often we are in denial, and we just don’t want to stop drinking.
I tried to stop drinking
Never did I think I could stop drinking. Nor did I want to. I had no intention to stop drinking, but deep down I knew that I had to cut back on alcohol somehow. But this was not an easy thing to do, when my subconscious mind was telling me that I needed to drink more alcohol to get rid of the stress. I even tried to stop drinking for a month, such as Dry July, but instead of welcoming this challenge, it was more like torture.
Side Note: Ironically, Dry July focuses on raising funds to find a cure for cancer. There is clear evidence that alcohol is a class 1 carcinogen, as mentioned in our recent post Why Organic Wine is a Joke.
I was lucky
But I was lucky. Not that it was easy, but I found a way to stop drinking. Eventually. It took a lot of soul searching, researching and trial and error, but I paved the way. The easiest way for me to cut back on alcohol was to stop drinking completely. You owe it to yourself to find out if this method is suitable for you – and believe me, it is adding something to your life, not taking something! Click here to purchase How to Stop Drinking Alcohol and Love Being Free.
Also published on Medium.