Alcohol Awareness


A one day course to increase knowledge, confidence and competence around the UK's favourite drug. Most people think they know lots about alcohol, but there are a number of myths - which can cause you or your organisation distinct problems (lost work days, drink-driving, physical health risks to name but 3). You should attend if you wish to minimise problems, need to have accurate information to inform (organisational) policy or simply wish to get the facts around this issue. The course is mapped to the UK DANOS standards (Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards).

Aims & Objectives:

Aims & Objectives:

The learner will be able to:

  • Describe how alcohol affects physical/mental health
  • State the risks and penalties of drink-driving
  • Understand how tolerance and dependence on alcohol develop
  • Understand how to safely reduce/withdraw from alcohol
  • Work out their own and other's alcohol consumption levels
  • Work out units of alcohol in any drink and the safer/riskier levels of consumption
  • Describe the law on alcohol consumption in the UK
  • Access appropriate support for themselves or others

Learning outcomes:

Participants will have a greater knowledge and understanding of alcohol and its effects on individuals, how to avoid problems and how to access support for problems.

Course Outline:

Morning Session

  • What is alcohol?
  • What type of drinker are you?
  • Working out your units
  • Safer/riskier levels
  • Tolerance, dependence and withdrawal
  • Alcohol and the law

Afternoon Session

  • The physical effects of alcohol
  • Drinking and driving
  • Key facts on alcohol use in the UK
  • Support for those with an alcohol issue
  • Final assessment
  • Initial Assessment -via a knowledge based quiz
  • Interactive Exercises
  • Individual and Group Exercises
  • Discussion
  • Visual Aids e.g. (empty!) samples
  • Feedback Activity
  • Final Assessment - a "pub quiz"
  • The opportunity to develop your own knowledge and skills and apply this in the workplace and in your personal lives.
  • A chance to learn how to enjoy alcohol with minimal risk, and reduce illness/absenteeism through its effects.

Intended For:

All disciplines, and all levels/grades of staff