Ideas and advice
Take action create an appropriate workplace culture around alcohol.
Drinking alcohol is often involved in work social functions, meals and outings to celebrate team and individual successes, or informal after-work gatherings. Alcohol can also be used to try to manage work-related issues, such as stress.
Aim to choose the actions where you can have the most influence – how you work and lead, and the work spaces and facilities you provide.
Good planning is the key to success. An effective approach to alcohol in the workplace is tailored to the specific conditions, needs and resources of your workplace.
A policy puts in writing the rules and expectations around alcohol. It also sets out planned actions to prevent or reduce the impact of alcohol on the workplace and its people.
Communication and education helps shift attitudes and behaviours related to drinking. This must start in the early stages of policy implementation and must be ongoing, as one-off communications aren’t enough.
Effective training will help key staff understand the importance of their role and enable them to actively contribute to an alcohol programme's success.
Access to counselling and treatment services enable people with alcohol-related problems to be rehabilitated so should be included in a comprehensive approach to preventing and managing alcohol-related harm.
If you do choose to serve alcohol at work events you must be a responsible host. That’s about helping people enjoy themselves and staying safe while drinking alcohol.
There are many legal and ethical issues surrounding alcohol testing at work. Testing can only be effective if it’s part of a comprehensive alcohol focus that includes support for people who need help for their drinking.
Get ideas and advice on how you work and lead on alcohol. This is the area where employers can make the most impact to reduce the effects of harmful drinking.
Get ideas and advice on how you can create a workplace environment that can reduce harmful drinking.
Get ideas and advice on how you can support people who may have harmful drinking patterns.