It is useful to summarise some key points:

  • The risk of alcohol and drug problems in the workplace is influenced by patterns of use in the broad community and workplace factors such as how alcohol and drugs are controlled, the availability of alcohol and drugs at work, the quality of supervision and the nature of work
  • Different patterns of alcohol and drug use can result in specific harms and these diverse patterns of use and the needs of different workplaces demands tailored responses
  • Effective responses are likely to include a focus on Drug, Individual AND Environment/Context
  • There are a range of response options – none are likely to be sufficient on their own and it will be important to think through the limitations as well as strengths of the approaches you adopt