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Supporting individuals to reduce harmful drinking

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.

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