Alcohol Awareness in the Workplace

As part of our commitment to providing a healthy workplace, we have launched an alcohol awareness programme within the Health Innovation Network.

Staff members have been invited to complete a confidential online test to assess their drinking levels. The online screening tool is based on the World Health Organisation’s validated Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Tool (AUDIT). Brief advice and signposting to local services was provided after completion of AUDIT. We have also held a training session for line managers on dealing with alcohol related issues in the workplace, and sessions for staff on understanding alcohol units.

We will be following up with staff to seek their views on how they felt about the alcohol awareness programme, and will be sharing the learning from our approach with other organisations.

South London Workplaces: Raising alcohol awareness

Following on from the project delivered internally, we were interested in supporting other South London workplaces in adopting alcohol awareness initiatives. Public sector, private sector and charity sector organisations across south London were invited to take part in this project.

Occupational Health Managers, Health & Wellbeing Managers and other Senior Managers were trained in how to deliver an alcohol awareness programme in their workplace. Training included a focus on the range of tools that are available to employers to raise awareness of alcohol issues through delivery of anonymous, evidence based screening and brief advice. Action plans were designed for each organisation and the roll out was evaluated in terms of the processes by which workplaces implemented and embedded alcohol awareness within their systems and practices. This included the recording, mapping and evaluation of the approach, drivers and facilitators that occurred during this process.

From this learning, a ‘how to guide’ was produced which aims to assist future workplaces in raising awareness of the risks of alcohol, reducing alcohol-related harm and increasing productivity in the workplace.