ALCOHOL AWARE EMPLOYER
Supporting Employers to Create a Healthy Alcohol Culture
We’re on a mission to make every UK workplace an alcohol aware workplace – and we’re here to make it easy for you.
Alcohol plays a large part in lots of workplace cultures - it's often an integral part of doing business and a fun way for many to relax and connect with colleagues - but a negative alcohol culture at work can also have a damaging impact on the workplace.
Alcohol Aware Employer helps employers to promote alcohol awareness and create a healthy alcohol culture – you can start right away with our free Drink Checker Work website which you are free to share with your employees so that they can anonymously check their drinking levels and receive brief advice. They will also find articles on alcohol and work such as how to support a colleague who may have an alcohol problem.
This is a really important campaign from Alcohol Health Network – I would urge all employers to promote
alcohol awareness in their workplace, to improve overall health and wellbeing.
All employers should make sure they’re ‘alcohol aware’, starting with a clear policy and promoting alcohol awareness across managers and employees. It’s good for business and good for employee health.
— Professor Sir Cary L Cooper, CBE
Why Create a Healthy Drinking Culture in the Workplace
Physical and Mental Health of your employees
Excessive alcohol consumption harms the wellbeing of your employees – alcohol misuse also leads to high levels of depression, anxiety and dependency. Promoting alcohol awareness helps employees understand more about their drinking and ensures line managers can spot alcohol issues early and manage them with confidence.
Many people who don't drink feel excluded from workplace culture or pressurized to drink to "fit in". An alcohol aware workplace ensures everyone feels comfortable and always offers alcohol-free alternatives.
Bullying and Sexual Harassment
Research by the International Bar Association found that many instances of workplace harassment and bullying involve alcohol. Alcohol Aware Employer provides a free alcohol policy checklist to set clear ground rules on alcohol and work.
I welcome this enterprise. It has a most important aim – to help people recognise the serious long-term risks to health and wellbeing when they drink above recommended guidelines. Alcohol gives social pleasures but when abused it causes personal harm and damages relationships, families and working life.
- Professor Dame Carol Black, DBE
What can Employers do to create an Alcohol Aware workplace?
Ensure you have an up to date Alcohol Policy, well communicated to employees
Provide the opportunity for all employees to check their drinking levels
Let all employees know that if they want to cut down, you will provide support
Offer low alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks at all work events
Run Drink Less challenges throughout the year
Support your Line Managers to spot problems early
Get in Touch
Alcohol Health Network is a social enterprise aiming to promote alcohol awareness in all workplaces. We want all employers to be alcohol aware.
If you'd like more information about our services, including line manager training, alcohol health roadshows, lunch and learn sessions and materials that can support you to be an Alcohol Aware Employer, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 3151 2420