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A Customized Report for Your 1,000 Employees in theUnited States

Information & Communication Industry

Substance use disorders, can strike anyone employed by your company. This calculator estimates how many employees and their family members have substance use disorders and how many still need treatment.

For the Information & Communication Industry:

Number of Employees: 1,000
Likely number of people with a substance use disorder in your workforce:
The federal government estimates that 9.1 percent of employed Americans 18 years of age and older have experienced serious problems, including alcoholism, as a result of their substance use. The prevalence varies by industry sector. The average prevalence of alcohol problems among workers in the Information & Communication sector is 7.3 percent.
Likely number of the 1,610 employees’ family members who have a substance use disorder:
Problem drinking has a profound impact on the family. Among families where substance use disorders are present, more than half of working family members report that their own ability to function at work suffers because of their relative’s drinking or drug use. Identifying and treating the problem substance use of employees' family members can increase productivity and curb health care costs.

How Do Untreated Substance Use Disorders Affect
Productivity and Health Care Costs?

When left untreated, substance use disorders among employees increase absenteeism, reduce productivity and make it more difficult for coworkers to do their jobs. One survey found that 20 percent of workers say they have been injured, had to cover for a coworker, or needed to work harder because of other employees' substance use. Untreated substance problems also increase health care costs among employees and their family members.

The impact and cost of untreated substance use disorders problems extend far beyond the workplace.

Likely number of excess work days lost to sickness, injury and absence because of substance use disorders per month:
Hangovers and substance-related health problems affect employee attendance. People with substance use disorders say they call in sick or skip three times more often than workers who don't have substance use disorders. They also are more likely to be late for work or to leave early.
Cost of excess lost days per year: 168
Likely substance-related health care costs
People with substance use disorders seek emergency room attention 25 percent more often than people without substance use disorders. Their families use more health care, too. Substance use disorders are the primary or secondary cause of many serious medical conditions, including heart and liver disease and cancer. Substance use also contributes to many unintentional injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes, burns and falls. In addition, it can interfere with medications used to treat many health problems.
Excess Emergency Room Visits (worker + family) at $1,192/visit 15
Excess Days in the Hospital (worker + family) at $5,306/day 13 fewer days
Emergency Department and Hospital Costs −$51,727