Working while under the influence of alcohol or drugs temporarily changes people, both mentally and physically. Frequently the effects of the changes cause individuals to make decisions or do things that they wouldn’t otherwise do. These individuals are much more likely to be involved in a job site vehicle accident.
Remember that being under the influence includes illegal drugs, alcohol, some prescription drugs and some non-prescription drugs.
Mental and physical changes that take place while still under the influence are as follows:
Remember that you can still be under the influence for many hours after taking a substance, especially after partying heavily on a night before you have to work.
How long you are impaired depends on what you are using, the amount you use, your body weight and what other substances you have in your body.
Some over-the-counter and prescription drugs, for example, cause severe impairment when mixed with alcohol. It may take several hours or more before the effects wear off.
Now that you know the effects of drugs and alcohol on the mind and body would you want to be performing a hazardous task with co-workers who are still under the influence? Neither would they.