Research shows that people who drink more than recommended are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, liver disease and cancer.
Many people are unaware of the recommended daily limits and it’s estimated that millions of people aren’t aware of the damage their drinking could be causing.
Alcohol related harm affects UK businesses, costing billions each year as a result of lost work days and productivity costs.
Helping at work
Alcohol awareness should be included in a holistic workplace health programme to create a culture in the workplace that supports employees to have a healthy lifestyle. It is useful to develop an organisational alcohol policy and there are several ways to engage staff with the topic and raise awareness of drinking habits.
There is no safe level of alcohol consumption but UK drinking guidelines for both men and women are not to drink regularly more than 14 units per week to keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level, and that it is best to spread this evenly over 3 days or more.
Both men and women should aim for at least two alcohol-free days each week and you can find examples of the number of units in common drinks in our Alcohol awareness guide.
Alcohol is also high in sugar which means alcohol contains a lot of calories. For some of your staff this will be a great reason to cut down on the amount they drink. Share our Quiz: How many calories are you drinking? to increase awareness.
In order to prevent accidents and combat alcohol problems amongst staff we offer a comprehensive alcohol service which encourages staff to come forward and seek help immediately and in return they are protected from disciplinary action.
Transport for London
Benefits to your organisation
If you help your staff to drink responsibly, your whole business could benefit from:
- improved productivity
- reduced absenteeism
- reduced workplace accidents and injury
- improved working environment and corporate public image.
Benefits to your staff
If you help your staff to drink responsibly, staff will benefit from:
- improved health and wellbeing
- access to support
- clear guidelines for managers
- wider culture change of awareness and support.