Workplace webinars

Book one of our popular webinars and explore ways to reduce alcohol harm in your workplace and create a positive environment for all.

One of the most common reasons for drinking too much is doing so without really thinking about it. Accepting a glass of wine because everyone else is having one, or pouring yourself a drink at home every night, purely out of habit. Mindful drinking is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the opposite of drinking without thinking.

This interactive webinar is an essential element of your wellbeing programme and is designed for all who want to learn more about the ways in which alcohol can affect us. There’s no lecturing tone. Instead, we offer the opportunity for staff to reflect on their current drinking habits and find out more about any aspect of alcohol they’re interested in. We’ll also provide some great tips for anyone wanting to change their relationship with alcohol. This is a lighter way to introduce alcohol awareness to staff. Plenty of time is allowed for questions and discussion.

Alcohol plays a role in many of our lives. We use it for celebration, for comfort, to socialise, to wind down and to try to cope. We treat it differently to other drugs; it’s legal, socially acceptable, even encouraged. Most adults in the UK drink alcohol, and around 1 in 5 of us say that we regularly drink above the low-risk guidelines of no more than 14 units per week. Described as ‘the UK’s favourite coping mechanism’, many of us drink alcohol to try and manage stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health problems.

Yet we don't often consider the damaging effect that excessive drinking can have on our physical and mental health, and our productivity, safety, and morale at work.

How alcohol can affect our mental health

Although alcohol can help us feel relaxed initially and give us a brief feeling of euphoria, the effects are short-lived and the long-term negative consequences of drinking a lot over a long period of time can be quite harmful:

  • Overuse of alcohol can contribute to the worsening of symptoms of many mental health problems. In particular, it can lead to low mood and anxiety
  • Post-drinking hangovers can be particularly difficult, with the usual headache and nausea being accompanied by feelings of depression and/or anxiety

If you come to rely on alcohol to try to manage your mental health problems, that reliance can itself become a problem. You may well find that your drinking starts to get in the way of other activities and puts a strain on your relationships – both things that can undermine your mental wellbeing. Managing your drinking and getting the right support are crucial to good mental health.

Whilst most adults in the UK drink alcohol, around 1 in 5 of us say that we regularly drink above the low-risk guidelines of no more than 14 units per week. In addition, a third of employees admit to having been to work with a hangover, and 15% have been drunk at work.

The extra challenges brought on by the pandemic, the lockdowns, and working from home have caused some of us to drink more regularly and heavily than usual, putting our health and wellbeing at risk, as well as our performance in the workplace.

In this course, we look at why people drink and how easy it is to drink too much. Your facilitator Susan Laurie uses her own story to illustrate this. This course has a very positive message and is not anti-alcohol. We look at the very real benefits of cutting down and how, through mindful drinking, we can achieve a much healthier relationship with alcohol and enjoy something that is embedded in our culture, without it becoming a problem.

Whilst most adults in the UK drink alcohol, and around 1 in 5 of us say that we regularly drink above the low-risk guidelines of no more than 14 units per week. In addition, a third of employees admit to having been to work with a hangover, and 15% have been drunk at work.

Drinking too much and too often can affect us in all sorts of ways and can lead to reduced productivity, tiredness and mistakes. In fact, figures show that up to 17 million working days are lost each year because of alcohol-related sickness, at an estimated cost of £1.7 billion a year.

The extra challenges brought on by the pandemic, the lockdowns, and working from home have caused some of us to drink more regularly and heavily than usual, putting our health and wellbeing at risk, as well as our performance in the workplace.

In this course, we will look at why people drink, how this affects their physical and mental health and their performance at work, and the benefits of cutting down. We will also cover the important role that employers can play in encouraging their staff to develop a healthier relationship with alcohol. How investing in education, training and resources, can help promote a shift in the workplace culture around alcohol, and the benefits this can bring to your employees, as well as delivering a positive return on investment.

Book your alcohol and workplace webinar today!

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