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In addition to the cost burden inflicted on employers from the business consequences of addiction, the use and misuse of alcohol can significantly impact workplace safety. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Substance abuse and addiction continue to take a toll on workplaces across the U.S., with nearly 11 million workers across America struggling with a substance use disorder.

In the first few months of the pandemic, alcohol sales rose 27%. With on-premise dining shut down during this time, alcohol sales shifted from restaurants and bars to in-home. Compared to this time a year ago, during the week that ended May 9, 2020, brick-and-mortar alcohol sales rose 41%. In addition, a study of American adults, showed psychological distress related to the pandemic was strongly associated with alcohol use quantity and frequency, as well as heavy drinking.

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