Covered in this course


This training course is broken down into 3 sections

  1. 1 The Problem with Drugs and Alcohol
  2. 2 The Effects that Drugs and Alcohol Can Have on Health
  3. 3 People and Policies
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Drug & Alcohol Awareness Training - The problems associated with misuse

In this section we look at how drinking or drug taking can affect someone’s work. We look at responsibilities. We explain what substance misuse means and talk about who may be at risk of addiction and the factors which may influence this happening.

In section 2 of the Drugs and Alcohol Awareness training we look at the effects that drugs and alcohol can have on your health

This section concentrates on how alcohol and different types of drugs can affect health. It talks about alcohol units and addiction. It looks at the different categories and classes of drugs. And we summarise the most common drugs detailing their short and long-term effects.

Drug & Alcohol Awareness - People and policies that should be in place

What can be done about the problem? All organisations are different, so we've included a downloadable reference guide to help create a policy to suit YOU. We look at the signs of substance abuse. Finally, we suggest a variety of ways to cut down on drinking.


Every year thousands of lives are ruined by alcohol and drug abuse. Private life suffers, health suffers, jobs suffer.

In the UK, thousands of people seek treatment every year for drug and alcohol abuse. Substance dependency is a serious problem which damages the health of individual users, affects their relationships with family and friends, can be dangerous to their colleagues, and even has wider knock-on effects which impact tax-payers and society as a whole.

It results in as many as 17 million lost working days every year, costs £6 billion in productivity, and treatment for alcohol and drug-related health issues and injuries puts a huge strain on an already overstretched NHS.

Just one person in the workplace affected by drugs or alcohol can put everyone at risk; this course aims to raise awareness of substance abuse so that it can be dealt with before it becomes a problem at work.

This Drug and Alcohol Awareness course is intended to raise awareness about substance abuse and the effects it has on users and the workplace, it doesn’t replace face-to-face training which is needed in addition to complete the all-round skills and knowledge to be able to carry this forward practically within your organisation.

Keith Wickham, a presenter of Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training

Presented by

Keith Wickham

The importance of Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Drug & Alcohol Awareness certificate


Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Certificate

92 real user reviews

4.4 out of 5

Good and updated information

very good

gives you a better understanding & how to deal with certain situations.

Just another course 1 of to many

Only completed it as I had to

Maybe a bit faster

At time a bit slow

The online course was easy to follow.

Most of what the training session covered was information that I was already aware of. However, generally speaking, I think that the training gave a thorough and informative view regarding drugs and alcohol and the work place.

found it rather simplistic

Due to my role and spending 13 years working with drug and alcohol issues, I found it rather simple but it gave a good overview and I found the fact sheets on the different drugs really useful.


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In depth

A detail training that allows leaner to understand standard requirement, Limitations and what is expected of employer and employee on drug and Alcohol in the workplace.

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

The Misuse of Drugs Act creates three classes of controlled substances - A, B and C, and different penalties, depending on the class, for illegal or unlicensed possession and possession with intent to supply.

(1) Subject to any regulations under section 7 of this Act for the time being in force, it shall not be lawful for a person to have a controlled drug in his possession.

(2) Subject to section 28 of this Act and to subsection (4) below, it is an offence for a person to have a controlled drug in his possession in contravention of subsection (1) above.

(3) Subject to section 28 of this Act, it is an offence for a person to have a controlled drug in his possession, whether lawfully or not, with intent to supply it to another in contravention of section 4(1) of this Act.

(4) In any proceedings for an offence under subsection (2) above in which it is proved that the accused had a controlled drug in his possession, it shall be a defence for him to prove —

(a) that, knowing or suspecting it to be a controlled drug, he took possession of it for the purpose of preventing another from committing or continuing to commit an offence in connection with that drug and that as soon as possible after taking possession of it he took all such steps as were reasonably open to him to destroy the drug or to deliver it into the custody of a person lawfully entitled to take custody of it; or

(b) that, knowing or suspecting it to be a controlled drug, he took possession of it for the purpose of delivering it into the custody of a person lawfully entitled to take custody of it and that as soon as possible after taking possession of it he took all such steps as were reasonably open to him to deliver it into the custody of such a person.

Section 5 - Restriction of possession of controlled drugs

Business benefits

In England, there are over 40,000 hospital admissions every year for drug and alcohol-related mental health and behavioural disorders. Substance misuse has an enormous impact on private lives, personal relationships, and people’s workplaces.

Drugs and alcohol contribute to lost working days and reduced productivity, costing the country as much as £6 billion – not to mention the strain that the related health issues put on the NHS. Poor decisions, impaired judgement, and reduced awareness can all lead to injuries; all it takes is just one person in a workplace affected by drugs or alcohol to put everyone at risk. This course will make your workplace safer, increase productivity, and save money by raising awareness of the effects that drugs and alcohol have on an individual, their colleagues, and the wider workplace.

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