Drug and Alcohol Awareness

Drug and Alcohol Awareness

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This Drug and Alcohol Awareness course meets the regulations for effective alcohol and drug misuse prevention interventions in the United Kingdom & recognised internationally.

Approved by CPD, IIRSM & Institute of Hospitality 

As a manager, it’s essential to prevent substance misuse in the workplace. Our Drug and Alcohol Awareness course equips you to identify signs of drug and alcohol abuse and implement effective strategies to mitigate its negative impact. Covering illegal drugs, alcohol misuse, and company best practices, this course provides insights into drug treatment services and support.

Welcome to the Drug and Alcohol Awareness course! Did you know that as many as 17 million working days are lost each year in the UK due to substance misuse? This means that even just one employee affected by drugs or alcohol can put everyone at risk.

But don’t worry, our course is here to help. We’ve designed it to prioritize your employees’ safety and well-being and improve your business’s overall success. We’ll provide you with the knowledge and tools to address these issues early on, so you can avoid potential problems at work.

Throughout this Drug and Alcohol Awareness course, we’ll give you a detailed overview of commonly used drugs, such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and new designer drugs. We’ll also cover alcohol abuse, providing you with a 4-stage plan to address any problems and an effective Drug and Alcohol Policy.

But that’s not all. We’ll also explore best business practices in HR, legislation, spotting signs of drug misuse, and implementing workplace solutions. You’ll learn how the Advisory, Conciliation, and Arbitration Service (ACAS) can help with effective alcohol and drugs policies, and develop related management skills.

And lastly, we’ll provide you with insights into current drug treatments and the available support services for individuals and organizations. Investing in your employee’s safety and well-being can prevent the devastating effects of substance misuse on their health, personal life, and work life, as well as the financial burden on public services like the NHS.

So what are you waiting for? Invest in your employees and your business with our Drug and Alcohol Awareness course, and ensure a safe and productive workplace for all.


This HACCP Level 2 online course is approved by:

 CPD certification service :

The CPD certification service helps organisations to formalise their expertise into a structured and recognised approach in learning. This conforms the course content is alilgned to the universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


Institute of Hospitality:

This is a professional body for managers and aspiring managers working and studying in hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors. The institute helps the managers to become the most demanded manaagers within the industry. This recognition makes this course demanding for accomodation managers, catering managers, chef, conference centre managers, event managers, fast food restaurant managers, hotel managers, public house managers, restaurant managers, retail managers and even for apprentices.


International Institute of Risk and Safety Management(IIRSM)is an independent professional membership organisation for those managing risks of all forms as a part of their job role. The organisation works with representatives from all risk disciplines from compliance, environmental management, health and safety, insurance, quality management and more. They work by championoing risk management through setting standards, providing practical education, training, advice and resources.




  • Understand the scale of drug and alcohol abuse and recognise the signs of misuse leading to adverse effects on employees and the workplace.

  • Recognise your legal position and identify an effective policy to address employees with addiction problems.

  • Define best practices for an effective policy to address your company’s position on drug and alcohol abuse and the available help.

  • Identify the 4-step process for dealing with individuals with alcohol issues and recognise the signs and symptoms of substance misuse.

  • Direct people to the appropriate support tools.

  • Understand how substance misuse affects an organisation and know-how organisations and individuals should respond to substance misuse issues.

  • Manage incidents relating to drugs and alcohol and recognise the legal, health, and social implications of drug and alcohol misuse.

  • Reduce the risks associated with substance misuse and combat the problem through people and policies.

This drug and alcohol awareness training course is helpful for carers of drug and alcohol-dependant individuals, such as:

  • Drug Addiction Therapists

  • Drug & Alcohol Addiction Counsellors

  • Substance Misuse Workers

  • Substance Misuse Nurse

  • Social Workers

  • Managers and staff in all industries 

  • Susceptible individuals, such as adolescents

  • Supervisors in high-risk industries such as hospitality and construction

  • Healthcare professionals

  • Social care professionals

  • Counselling professionals

  • Anyone who has a critical role to play in reducing drug, alcohol and substance misuse in the UK

Module: 1 Statistics and Signs of Misuse

This module covers the statistics of drug and alcohol misuse and the signs and symptoms of misuse. Misuse can lead to physical and mental health issues and social and legal consequences. Identifying and addressing substance misuse can promote a safer and healthier workplace.

Module: 2 Illegal Drugs Part 1

This module explains illegal drugs. Part 1 covers common illegal drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin. The module provides information on the effects of these drugs, the risks associated with their use, and signs of possible drug misuse.

Module : 3 Illegal Drugs Part 2

This module discusses illegal drugs, focusing on the effects of hallucinogens, inhalants, and anabolic steroids on the body and mind. The module provides information on the risks and consequences of using these substances and the legal penalties for possession and trafficking.

Module: 4 Alcohol Misuse

This module explains alcohol misuse, including its effects on the body, signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse, and legal limits for driving. The module also covers strategies for reducing alcohol consumption and seeking help for those struggling with alcohol addiction.

Module: 5 Company Best Practice Part 1

This module covers Company Best Practices for dealing with drug and alcohol misuse in the workplace. Topics include establishing a drug and alcohol policy, educating employees about drug and alcohol misuse, and establishing procedures for dealing with suspected misuse.

Module: 6 Company Best Practice Part 2

This module demonstrates company best practices related to drugs and alcohol, including implementing a drug and alcohol policy, employee education and training, drug and alcohol testing, and support programs for employees struggling with substance abuse.

Module: 7 Company Best Practice Part 3

This module covers Company Best Practices, specifically the development of a drug and alcohol policy, drug testing, confidentiality, and support options. This module also emphasises the importance of educating employees on the dangers of drug and alcohol misuse and providing resources for those seeking help.

Module: 8 Drug Treatment Services and Further Support

This module discusses the different drug treatment services and support available for those struggling with drug and alcohol misuse. It provides information on various support systems, including counselling, rehabilitation programs, and self-help groups. It also outlines employers’ role in supporting employees in dealing with these issues.


At the end of the course there is a multiple-choice exam. The required pass mark for all modules is 70%. It is essential to achieve the requried pass mark to issue a certificate.

Retake information :

You will be given 3 attempts at each module. If a module is failed on the third attempt,
it will become locked and you need to contact us for the module to be
unlocked again. You are only permitted up to 3 extra attempts per

You can take the exam up to 3 times, and if not successful, should repay the course fee and start again.

Course Duration:

80 minutes (Note: This is based on the amount of video content shown and is rounded off.

It does not account in any way for loading time or thinking time on the questions).

After successful completion of the course you will get an accredited Certificate of Completion from Course Central. This can be downloaded from your dashboard.

Order a printed certificate for delivery

Your can order printed course certificate for delivery by post. After receiving your order, we will print and sign it and you can expect to receive it within 5 -7 working days if you are in the UK or in another country in Europe. For rest of the world, it can take up to 12 working days.


This entirely online course can be accessed from any device with the following system specifications:

    Browser: Up to date web browser
    • Video: Up to date video drivers

    • Memory: 1Gb+ RAM

    • Download Speed: Broadband (3Mb+)


Try before you buy

You can always check the first module of our course for free

Course FAQ

An approved course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Approved courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification. However, the Certificate of Completion and Transcript for the course showing the awarding body’s logo  confirms that you have the best knowledge and skill for the job role.


There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is advised have at least Level 1 understanding for a Level 2 course  and  a Level 2 understanding for a Level 3 course. This helps to contextualise the content delivered through the course and ensure effective learning.

Having a minimum literacy, numeracy, English  as the course content in mainly in Enfglish.

A basic understanding of how to use a website through your device to access, attend and complete assessments will benefit the user.


Your course will be assigned to you within 24 hours upon successful completion of your purchase.

CPD is your Continuous Professional Development, an investment you make in yourself. It helps to keep your skills and knowledge up to date to prepare yourself for the greater responsibilities you want. We have a range of CPD courses for you to complete online.

Once you achive 70% pass mark for all modules you’ll be able to see your digital certificate straightaway. We can email you the digital certificate within 24 hours. It is essential to achieve the requried pass mark to issue a certificate.

You can take the exam up to 3 times, and if not successful, should repay the course fee and start again.

We also have option for you to order printed course certificate to be delivered by post to your work or home address.  Once successfully the order is placed you can expect the certificates to arrive within 5-7 working days in UK and Europe. For rest of the world it can take upto 12 working days.

You can always buy this course for your team members. Please let us know about your business training needs. You also gift this course to your family and friends. Just let us know after successful purchase of the course.

This course will aid refresher training. It will give evidence of an understanding for staff induction. It will evidence awareness and improve your knowledge supporting your current skillset.

How this course works?

Step 1: Purchase and payment
Choose all necessary courses and follow our checkout process to pay using your Debit or Credit card.

Step 2: Course Access

Upon successful payment, please look for an email from [email protected] for your course access detail. For single-course purchases, you'll have unique access details. When you purchase more courses, they will be added to your account.
If you purchase multiple courses for your team, all the access details will be emailed to the team members.

Step 3: Certificate

Once you complete your course, you'll receive a PDF certificate instantly. However, you can order the printed certificate, and we will send a hard copy of your certificate to your UK postal address. This might take 5-7 working days, although we will try to deliver it as soon as possible.

Please note: if your company pays by invoice, we can only issue certificates after your order has been fully paid.

Step 4: Support

Our friendly Learner support team is happy to help at any stage of your course. Call us on 0203 488 1760 (Mon - Fri: 10 pm - 4 pm | Excluding Bank Holidays) or contact [email protected]. Alternatively, have a look into our support page for useful information and guidance to complete your course.

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