Synopsis By: Marx - Proceeding Author: Donald F. Godwin

Alcohol is an “addictive drug” with a particular American concern, following the experiment with Prohibition. In industry, concern with alcoholism was centered on a “job performance criterion”; that is, whether it has substantially interfered with an employee’s on-the-job ability. Describes the early steps in supervisor training to recognize symptoms; support of employers and unions, separately and jointly, to provide counseling; and intervention by treatment programs. Seeks to enlist arbitrators as “honorary advocates” of the cost benefits to industry of occupational alcoholism programs