Workplace drug and alcohol testing hits the headlines

Integrity Sampling has made the news, featuring on the Roads & Infrastructure website.

In a world where modesty often takes centre stage, there comes a time when it’s perfectly acceptable, even essential, to stand up, grab the microphone, and, in the spirit of progress, blow your own trumpet. So, at the risk of a bit of self-promotion, comes the news that Integrity Sampling has featured on the Roads & Infrastructure website.

The website article features an interview with Integrity Sampling’s Group General Manager, Brett Money. It highlights the importance of drug and alcohol testing and how it can save lives.

In the article, Brett explains that there’s a lot of confusion facing workplaces looking to implement testing and one of the company’s jobs is to make the process easy.

“There’s more changes happening in the industry, particularly with government infrastructure programs,” Brett says in the article. “Whilst the Federal Government abolished mandatory drug testing in The Building Code, some State Governments have mandated that contractors working on government projects, must have a drug and alcohol policy – and at least – a drug and alcohol testing regime.”

Brett goes on to say that Integrity Sampling helps to take the guesswork out of implementing drug and alcohol testing for all workplaces, big or small.

To read the full article, go the Roads & Infrastructure website.

The website is overseen by the Roads & Infrastructure Magazine, Australia’s leading specialist road management, construction and infrastructure magazine. The magazine is distributed to over 5500 key decision makers in the more than $100 billion roads and infrastructure industry.

Having a wine about the dangers of alcohol

In other news of a less self-promotional nature, if you enjoy a tipple and your favourite drink is wine, it seems you are not alone.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, wine was the most common type of pure alcohol consumed in Australia during 2019-20 (42 per cent of all consumption). This was closely followed by beer (35 per cent), with spirits (21 per cent) and cider (two per cent) bringing up the rear.

The findings come from the latest Apparent consumption of alcohol in Australia report. The report uses data from a range of sources to estimate the total amount of pure alcohol made available to people living in Australia every financial year. Annual data is presented for total volumes and volumes per capita at the National level. Estimates are separated into the beverage types of beer, wine, spirits, and cider.

The report compares figures since 1944-45 and provides a valuable insight into Australia’s drinking trends.

Highlights of the latest report include:

  • Consumption of alcohol las remained largely stable since 1991-92, at around 10 litres per capita.
  • Overall, we’re drinking less per capita than we did around 40 years ago. The highest recorded apparent consumption of alcohol was in 1974-75. It was then 13.09 litres per capita.
  • Wine continued to be the most consumed drink and the largest contributor to apparent consumption of pure alcohol.
  • Before 2014-15, beer was easily our most consumed drink. Wine has been the highest since then.
  • While only third on the list, the consumption of spirits is growing. Apparent consumption of spirits in 2019-20 was at their highest level since 2007-08.
  • 8 million litres of pure alcohol were made available in Australia in 2019-20.

Note: In case you were wondering, apparent consumption of alcohol per capita is estimated from the total volume of pure alcohol available for consumption each year, divided by the total population aged 15 years and over.


Integrity Sampling has made the news, featuring on the Roads & Infrastructure website.

By Michael

Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Melbourne and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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