Managing alcohol and drugs in the workplace

This interactive, 3-hour workshop will ensure that managers have the essential skills, knowledge, and confidence to recognise and address alcohol and other drug related issues in the workplace.

As we navigate the evolving landscape of the post-pandemic world, our workshop offers a timely exploration of the increased alcohol consumption trends observed since the COVID-19 outbreak. We understand the challenges this poses for managers, making it crucial you have the tools to recognise, address, and manage substance-related concerns.

At Alcohol Focus Scotland, we strongly recommend developing a robust, supportive alcohol and other drugs policy alongside guidance for staff and managers.

What to expect

  • An engaging and honest discussion on the impact of alcohol and other drugs in workplaces
  • An exploration of the unique challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions on how much people drink, with a focus on how these factors have changed our alcohol consumption
  • Important guidance for managers to implement and reinforce essential workplace policies

“Great course. Very thought provoking.” 

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the impact of alcohol and drugs on Scottish society, enabling you to make informed decisions that positively influence your team's wellbeing
  • Engage in meaningful discussions on developing good practice in workplace alcohol and drug policies, ensuring your organisation fosters a healthy and supportive environment
  • Confidently raise and manage alcohol and other drug related issues in the workplace, promoting a proactive and empathetic approach to employee wellbeing

“The course was really interesting and was delivered with a good mix of tutor led, group discussions and feedback.” 

After the workshop, we will share:

  • All materials referenced, including reports and handbooks
  • Course handouts
  • A sample Alcohol and Drug Policy
  • Your certificate of attendance

“I am better prepared to speak to staff if I have concerns sooner rather than later.” 

Who is the workshop for?

This workshop is tailor-made for individuals with line management, supervision, or team-leading responsibilities. If you are seeking to understand the impact of alcohol and other drugs on Scottish society and wish to develop specific guidance on addressing related issues in the workplace, this workshop is an invaluable resource.

Organisations are likely to benefit more if multiple members of staff complete the training. Get in touch to organise a personalised session.

Upcoming sessions

There is currently no upcoming session planned.

Browse all upcoming training sessions on our Events page.


Get in touch for more information or to book a personalised session for your team

Need something more personalised? All our training, other than licensing courses which follow national standards, can be customised to focus on particular aspects or to suit particular groups.

Can’t make it to Glasgow? Our team can travel across the country or deliver online sessions to bring our learning and development opportunities to you.


Call 0141 572 6700

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