Drug & Alcohol Awareness


This online Drug & Alcohol Awareness Training course has been designed to assist all levels of employees with the knowledge to recognise signs of substance abuse. The course gives the user a clear understanding of the effects of addiction and how to best intervene.

The CPD Accredited training course can be completed in just 25 minutes and provides the user with a printable certificate upon completion of the end-of-training test.

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will learn:

  • The negative effects of drug and alcohol use and abuse.
  • Policies relating to the misuse of drugs and alcohol and your responsibilities for adhering to them


Course Contents

This course consists of three sections:

Section 1: the problem with drugs and alcohol

This course begins by looking at the effects drug and alcohol use can have on a person’s work and professional responsibilities. It explains what substance misuse means, as well as how addiction works, common triggers,  and who might be most at risk.

Section 2: the effects that drugs and alcohol can have on health

Section 2 focuses on the drugs themselves, including their classifications and the effects different drugs can have on short- and long-term health. Alcohol addiction is discussed here, with a breakdown of what unit measurements mean.

Section 3: people and policies

Section 3 considers alcohol and drug policies, including a reference guide to help you create a policy that meets the specific needs of your workplace. It explains the signs by which to identify substance abuse, as well as techniques to cut down on drinking.

About the Course


Around 17 million working days are lost each year to drug and alcohol abuse in the UK alone, costing £6 billion in productivity. Addiction is a common health problem that ruins thousands of lives a year, but there are ways that workplace policies can try to combat it.

The Drug & Alcohol Awareness Training course is split into three parts to help you understand the negative effects of drugs and alcohol in general, the specific health effects of different types of drug, and how to develop policies that are suitable for your workplace. It also includes tips and techniques on how to cut down on drinking, and explains the common signs that someone you know might need help.

Available in 31 languages, the course takes around 25 minutes to complete.


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