“Problem drinking” at the executive level can negatively impact an entire organization, including its bottom line.
In a 2015 study, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2010 excessive drinking cost the U.S. economy $249 billion dollars, $77 billion of that in lost workplace productivity.
The higher up the corporate ladder the greater the cost of excessive alcohol use. Problem drinking at the C-suite and executive team level has far-reaching ripple effects, compounding the cost to the organization.
Because of stigma and the popularly held notion that abstinence is the primary treatment goal when addressing problem drinking, too often, alcohol issues aren’t addressed until a “rock bottom” scenario threatens. This doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, interrupting unhealthy drinking patterns and cultivating the development of healthy relationships to alcohol at the top tier represents a fantastic performance and profit leverage point with a tremendous ROI.
According to the CDC study, only 1 in 10 people who met criterion to qualify as excessive drinkers met the clinical definition for alcohol dependence or “alcoholism”. Meaning that 90% of “problem drinkers” are likely to have the ability to reduce their drinking to healthy levels without inpatient treatment.
My experience coaching CEOs and high-level professionals supports the CDCs assertion. The execs I work with routinely replace problematic drinking habits with healthy and sustainable moderate drinking behaviors within a matter of months.
Moderate, low-risk drinking is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as:
The executive coaching clients I work with find that these healthy limits are attainable and sustainable. For my clients drinking alcohol remains an enjoyable celebratory activity.
This is great news for organizations and those who run them. Problematic drinking doesn’t have to be a drain on the bottom line. Executive coaching that empowers healthy relationships to alcohol is a great way to support the well-being of the executive team member and the organization as a whole.
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