An important part of any alcohol approach is providing support for staff who need help to reduce their drinking.
Here are some actions you can take to directly support your people.
- Provide opportunities for skill development around responsible alcohol use, such as information sessions and resources.
- Put up information in staff areas around alcohol-related harm and responsible drinking. Get alcohol resources from Wellplace, including the Drink Check pamphlet, which is a questionnaire to check drinking levels. Also available in hardcopy.
- Initiate a workplace-wide alcohol-free competition and/or promote (and consider sponsoring) nationwide initiatives such as Dry July and don’t forget to celebrate successes!
- Promote support services such as the Alcohol and Drug Helpline (0800 787 797 or free text 8681). Put up a poster advertising the helpline’s number.
- Motivate and inspire staff by bringing in speakers who have successfully changed their drinking habits to share their stories and tips on how they did it.
- Provide staff who are parents with information about the impact of alcohol on teenagers and children.
- Offer support to staff such as Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs), the alcohol and drug help line, or private counselling services.
- Educate employees about the workplace factors that can lead to increased alcohol use and provide a clear process to report any concerns.
- Send relevant personnel on a training/brief interventions course.