A hangover can be just as dangerous as being drunk. After a night of drinking, you may still be under the effects of acetaldehyde poisoning, a byproduct of alcohol metabolism, even if you may no longer have alcohol in your system.
Learn more about hangovers in the infographic below.
A hangover can be just as risky to your ability to perform certain tasks but cannot be tested for by a breathalyser, which is why it’s always safer not to drive or work (especially if yours is a high risk occupation) if you are suffering from a hangover.
This is why in his interview on alcohol and drug testing policy tips, Andrew suggests that companies include in their OH&S training how to identify a hangover and policies on actions to be taken when an employee is found to have these symptoms.
The next time you have a hangover, consider carefully before you decide to drive or go to work.