Alcohol Focus Scotland was a partner in a 3 year pan- European study, the European Workplace and Alcohol (EWA) project, which aimed to identify the most effective interventions to use to reduce alcohol harm within the workplace. As part of this study, AFS supported four Scottish workplaces to implement and evaluate a range of workplace alcohol interventions.
The organisations involved conducted a baseline questionnaire with all staff which helped give an accurate picture of alcohol awareness and flagged up any issues within the workforce. The workplaces reported that conducting and analysing these questionnaires at the beginning of the process was particularly helpful as it allowed the interventions to be designed in a way that best suited their particular workforce.
The pilot organisations also stressed the benefits of having external advice from an alcohol agency when developing and delivering their interventions. They reported that this support gave them access to expert advice on the topic, as well as providing a range of tips, information and tools to help develop the interventions in a way that best suited their workplace.
Key findings from the European Workplace and Alcohol project
- Workplace alcohol policies have strong support from employees and introducing them can change corporate culture, procedures and practices in relation to alcohol.
- Alcohol-related interventions in the workplace can raise awareness about alcohol-related harm, reduce risky drinking and grow support for workplace policies.
- Organisations with alcohol policies are more likely to secure health and workplace benefits from interventions than those that do not have a policy in place – in particular by reducing drinking levels amongst risky drinkers. For further information on all of these interventions, the European project and to download a sample workplace alcohol policy, please visit the Alcohol Focus Scotland website.