COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on many businesses right across Australia, and in this series, we will be looking at some of the many changes and new risks that have dramatically altered the landscape for workplace drug testing.

Increased Alcohol Use During Pandemic

Many media outlets have reported increased sales and consumption of alcohol across Australia, as many of us deal with the stresses and anxiety of such uncertain times. However, this does pose increased risks for safety sensitive industries, many of whom are busier than ever in recent months.

“National polling by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), shows that 20 per cent of Australians purchased more alcohol and 70 per cent of them are drinking more alcohol than normal”¹

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