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Woman with a drink Data show that Americans are drinking more during the pandemic, with alcohol sales increasing since government stay-at-home orders were initiated in March 2020. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The American workforce is changing rapidly in the face of challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including workers consuming more alcohol or using drugs in excess. Long-term, valued employees may develop substance use problems under the stress of the past year, and those with existing conditions may be getting worse. This may lead to workplace problems, such as decreased engagement, productivity, work quality and teamwork.

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