WHY ALCOHOL AWARENESS MATTERS

Why is Alcohol Awareness so important for the workplace? Alcohol is responsible for more days off work per year than the 10 most common cancers combined.

Alcohol is associated with 60 illnesses, including 7 types of cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Alcohol also plays a part in our mental health and is linked to depression, anxiety and stress.

We aim to reach the 1 in 4 workers in the UK who currently drink at harmful levels but who, given the right information and advice, are more likely to make healthier drinking choices, improving their health and your bottom line.

The benefits of providing employees with alcohol awareness information are clear:  

It’s good for your employees:

  • 1 in 4 UK workers drink above NHS guidelines and with appropriate information and advice, a significant proportion would cut down

  • Making healthy drinking choices improves sleep, saves money and reduces the risk of several serious diseases, including cancer, heart disease and stroke - however many people are unaware of this connection

  • Drinking can often be used as a means to de-stress when it is actually a depressant. Making healthy drinking choices can reduce the chance of experiencing a mental health problem

  • Employees who know they can come forward to seek support are more likely to act early

It’s good for business

  • 17million sick days are lost in the UK per year due to alcohol misuse
  • £6.4 billion lost each year to UK businesses due to alcohol misuse
  • 167,000 working years lost in 2015 due to alcohol, more than 10 most common cancers combined

Employers have a duty of care to their employees under the Health & Safety at Work Act, 1974 which means that they should take all steps which are reasonably possible to ensure their health, safety and wellbeing.

Creating a healthy working environment can be a key factor in building trust and reinforcing your commitment to your employees, and can help improve staff retention, boost productivity and pave the way for greater employee engagement.