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Alcohol awareness

Alcohol is the most widely used drug in the UK.Most of your service users will either drink alcohol or be affected by it in some way. But what impact does drinking really have on service users and what aspects of a person’s life are really affected?

Alcohol use has a wide-ranging impact on just about everyone in the UK. Whether you consider the direct physical, social or psychological impacts of alcohol, or the indirect consequences, it’s vital for all staff to have alcohol awareness. How much alcohol is really a problem for service users? Does the odd drink really matter? What about binge drinking? How does drinking affect service users in relation to the housing sector?

This course is for all staff who work with people who drink alcohol or are affected by alcohol use. It will provide a practical understanding of alcohol use and misuse and provide you with key skills to be able to work with alcohol users more affectively.

You will learn

  • Alcohol the drug, in context: its history and current UK prevalence
  • The effects of alcohol on the individual and society
  • Alcohol units and the different types of drinker: safe, hazardous, harmful, binge and dependent
  • How does alcohol affect physical health?
  • How does alcohol affect mental health?
  • How does alcohol affect the housing sector, including issues relating to health and safety and dealing with alcohol-related aggression?
  • Practical methods to support you in working with alcohol users
  • What treatment options are available for the range of drinkers you will work with.

Who will benefit from this course?

All staff will benefit, since alcohol use is so widespread, but especially those who directly deal with drinkers of any category.

Our trainer

Danny McGowan, BSC, MSC, worked for over 12 years in alcohol and drug treatment before becoming a full-time trainer and consultant. He specialises in translating science into common sense and has an interactive and engaging training style which provides you with practical skills, not just a lot of facts and figures.

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package please contact us by emailing 

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