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Here’s a question for you: What is the number one substance of abuse by Americans? Marijuana? Prescription drugs? Synthetic drugs like K2 and Spice? All good guesses, but all wrong. The number one drug abused by more Americans than all other drugs is alcohol. And a lot of people do not even consider alcohol to be a drug, yet people under the influence of alcohol are more likely than non-alcohol abusers to be involved in a car accident or a violent crime.

Alcohol abuse is a problem that knows no boundaries, including in the workplace. According to The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the rate of current alcohol use was 64.3 percent for full-time employed adults aged 18 or older in 2011, which was higher than the rate for unemployed adults (54.1 percent). However, the rate of binge drinking among unemployed persons (33.2 percent) was higher than among full-time employed persons (29.5 percent).

Find out more in the technical paper prepared by Bill Current, president of WFC & Associates, LLC, and brought to you by Alere Toxicology. The overview information addresses a number of the features and techniques commonly used to manage an alcohol testing program.

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