Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training

Drug and Alcohol Awareness
£25 +VAT

Managers play a critical role in reducing substance misuse in the UK, they are uniquely placed to spot the early signs of drug or alcohol abuse and put structures in place to minimise the damaging health, social, and economic effects of substance misuse.

This online training course provides learners with strategies and guidance to support employees and service users who have problems with substance misuse. It also raises awareness of the size and scale of substance misuse in the UK, the most commonly abused drugs, and how to spot signs of a problem.

The course also pays attention to the ways that managers and organisations can safeguard the interests of the business and the people for which they have a duty of care. This includes information on relevant legislation and how this affects organisations.

  • Developed by professionals
  • Accredited by CPD and Assured by RoSPA
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 1-2 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who should take this course?

This drug and alcohol awareness training course is useful for those working in high-risk industries such as hospitality and construction, anyone who has to manage people, or those who work with vulnerable people such as adolescents.


CPD Approved
RoSPA Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is also assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System, as providing up-to-date, quality and content-approved training.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

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Course content


This introduction informs learners of the consequences and signs of substance abuse as well as providing information on substance misuse in the UK and a number of high-risk occupations.

2Organisational Policy

This module introduces learners to the need for clear guidelines, responsibilities, and expectations for everyone within an organisation. The module covers how to investigate concerns and offer support, legal responsibilities and relevant legislation as well as what should be included in workplace drug and alcohol policies.

3Alcohol Abuse

Types of alcohol, inappropriate use of alcohol, blood alcohol concentration, a unit of alcohol, alcohol in the bloodstream, alcohol in the brain, blood alcohol content, health risks, social and economic risks, alcohol poisoning, alcohol policy, alcohol awareness, responsibilities, taking disciplinary action and absence management.

4Drug Use

This final module focuses on prescription drug abuse and the use of illicit drugs at work. It provides learners with an awareness of the most commonly abused drugs and how to spot the signs of drug abuse at work.

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Aims of the course

By the end of this course, learners will:

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of substance misuse.
  • Have the tools to direct people to support.
  • Understand how substance misuse affects an organisation.
  • Know how organisations and individuals are expected to respond to substance misuse issues.
  • Understand how to manage incidents relating to drugs and alcohol.
  • Recognise the legal, health, and social implications of drug and alcohol misuse.
  • Know how to reduce the risks associated with substance misuse.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 12 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.