There are so many variables at play: the amount of alcohol consumed, the gender of the drinker, the drinker’s weight, the time of the last drink and more. Some people experiencing a hangover may have alcohol in their system because their liver is diseased, meaning that it works slower. This means that alcohol will hang around in the system longer.
- · Difficulty concentrating
- · Trembling hands
- · Sensitivity to light and noise
- · Irritability
- · Nausea or vomiting
- · Clammy skin
- · Sluggishness
- · Slurred speech
- · Faint smell of alcohol on skin and maybe breath
- · Headache
If you suspect an employee is hung-over, first refer to the company’s alcohol and drug policy. Do not let the employee with a DOT regulated position climb behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Different organizations handle hangovers differently or not all. What you do next depends on how well you know the employee and how frequently he comes to work hung-over. Safety and security are important, so consult with your supervisor to determine what your next move should be. Most employees who are hung-over will not be noticeable to those around them.