One of the many difficulties that a manager faces in drug
and alcohol situations is the decision to recommend
testing of an employee when there is an issue of
What complicates testing when a manager has a reasonable
suspicion of drug or alcohol use are the various invasion
of privacy issues surrounding involuntary testing.
HR CONTRARIAN POINTER: It is important that a manager take
into consideration ALL the signs observed about an
employee when recommending drug or alcohol testing under
the reasonable suspicion section of a company’s
Drug & Alcohol Policy.
The more objective information that a manager has to
support a drug or alcohol test, the better off the
organization will be in defending any legal challenge.
Use this checklist as part of your documentation to
support your case for reasonable suspicion testing.
Top 21 Warning Signs of Drug or Alcohol Use
2. Lack of Interest
3. Bloodshot Eyes
4. Refusing To Talk
5. Frequent Sniffling
6. Profuse Perspiration
7. Appearing Confused
8. Talking Too Loudly
9. Lack of Coordination
10. Slurred or Slow Speech
11. Lapses in Concentration
12. Disjointed Conversations
13. Sunglasses Worn Indoors
14. Missing Money or Valuables
15. Difficulty Remembering Tasks
16. Changes in Personal Appearance
17. Frequent Excuses for Poor Performance
18. Aggressive or Violent Language or Behavior
19. Frequent Absences – Reported or Unreported
20. Unexplained Disappearances During Work Time
21. Mood Swings (Up, Down, Hyperactivity, Irritability).