• Level 2
  • 2-3 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training

This drug and alcohol awareness training helps healthcare and social care workers learn how to deal with substance misuse better. You'll learn about the laws, understand why people get addicted, and spot signs of drug dealing and different drug tools. The training also teaches the differences between being addicted to alcohol, binge drinking, and being a functioning alcoholic.

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The drug and alcohol awareness course teaches people about the dangers, results, and legal problems linked to using drugs and alcohol at home and work. It helps you really understand how drugs and alcohol can affect people, companies, and the community. Plus, it gives you the know-how to spot, stop, and deal with substance abuse problems.

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Course Summary

  • Highlight and define the primary legislation and guidelines surrounding drug and alcohol use in the UK.
  • Explore the Underlying Causes of Substance Misuse.
  • Discuss the range of internal and external factors contributing to or exacerbating substance misuse.
  • Detect potential dealing activities and understand its implications within the health and social care setting.
  • List commonly used substances and recognise street names.
  • Identify and describe common drug paraphernalia associated with different substances.
  • Analyse and differentiate between the factors associated with alcohol addiction, binge drinking, and being a functioning alcoholic.

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    Where do you deliver this training?

    We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it's within the UK. We also have our own venues in Stoke on Trent, London, Swindon, Epsom & York if you need access to a training room (additional charges will apply). We can also deliver this training virtually using Zoom. However, sessions delivered via Zoom will be theory only and will not include any practicals.

    How long will the training last?

    This training will last 2-3 hours. We give a range of time to account for variable factors such as; underlying knowledge and competence of delegates, class interaction and engagement and reduced delegate numbers. If a course finishes earlier than the allotted time, it will be due to one of these reasons. However, our trainer will ensure that all learning outcomes have been met.

    Will attending this training make me competent?

    In short, no. No classroom-based training course can give you full competency - be very wary of anyone claiming they can. Our classroom-based assessments are designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and workplace competency. We will be sure to provide you with the relevant workbooks and competency proformas to be observed and signed off within the workplace according to your local policy.

    Who will conduct the training?

    One of our expert clinical tutors. These are either Nurses or Doctors with abundant clinical and complex care experience and knowledge - so you'll be in great hands! We will let you know who is doing the training in advance. You can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.

    What equipment will you use for training?

    We have a variety of different training equipment and tools available. The training will be relevant and transferable. However, if you have a specific requirement for a particular type of equipment, please make this clear during the booking process, and the team will ensure this is provided. Alternatively, we can use your own equipment for training.

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training

The Drug and Alcohol Awareness course provides health and social care professionals with the knowledge and abilities to identify, comprehend, and aid individuals grappling with substance misuse.

This course about Alcohol and Drug awareness training helps people understand how alcohol and drugs can affect work and the body.

It teaches the reasons behind substance abuse, where it comes from, and how it can really hurt both people and businesses.

Course Information:

  • Course Duration: 2- 3 hours
  • Course Level: Level 2
  • Certificate: 1-year certificate
  • Max Delegates: 12
  • Practical: No
  • Course Mode: Face to Face/ Blended

Whether you’re a worker, an employer, or just interested in learning more about these problems, this course gives important information, useful tips, and tools to make workplaces safer and better for everyone.

If you are interested in our online alcohol and awareness training, and subtance abuse online course, visit the links.


Course Content:

  1. The Legal Landscape:

  • Understanding the Misuse of Drugs Act: This part of the course will explain what the Act is and how it categorises illegal drugs based on how harmful and addictive they can be, like Class A drugs and Class B drugs.
  • Learning about the Licensing Act 2003: Discover how this Act regulates the sale and distribution of alcohol, including what licenses vendors need.
  • Getting to know the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines: Understand the guidelines from NICE for healthcare workers on recognising, treating, and preventing drug and alcohol misuse.
  1. Understanding the Causes of Substance Misuse:

  • Interactive Activity: Participants will engage in activities to uncover different situations that could lead to substance misuse, like mental health issues, social pressures, genetic factors, and childhood events.
  • Group Discussion: Encourage participants to talk about how these factors interact and affect people in various ways.
  1. Understanding Internal and External Influences:

  • Internal vs External Factors: This part will explain the differences between internal factors (like mental health and personality traits) and external factors (such as family dynamics and social pressures) that contribute to substance misuse.
  1. Spotting Potential Dealing Activities:

  • Recognising Warning Signs: Find out about signs that might suggest drug dealing in your workplace, such as unusual money transactions, secretive behaviour, or unexplained possessions.
  • Role-Playing Exercise: Practice spotting and reporting suspicious behaviour to a supervisor, following the proper safeguarding procedures.
  1. Understanding Different Drugs:

  • Main Drug Categories: Learn about the main groups of drugs (like opiates, stimulants, and cannabis) and how they affect the body and mind.
  • Test what you’ve learned about the different drug categories and the risks they pose.
  1. Recognising Drug Equipment:

  •  Find out about common equipment used with different drugs (such as syringes for injecting drugs and rolling papers for cannabis).
  • Match different types of equipment to the drugs they’re typically used with.
  1. Understanding Alcohol Use:

  • Alcohol Dependence: Define alcohol dependence and learn about its features, including using alcohol compulsively despite negative consequences.
  • Binge Drinking: Understand what binge drinking is and the risks involved in drinking more than the recommended daily amount.
  • High-Functioning Alcoholics: Spot the signs and characteristics of a high-functioning alcoholic who keeps up with their daily routine but struggles with harmful drinking patterns.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Define legislation and guidelines
  2. Identify reasons why individuals turn to substance misuse
  3. Outline factors relating to substance misuse
  4. Explain signs of substance misuse including dealing activity
  5. List a number of drugs, street names, effects & dangers
  6. Identify drugs paraphernalia
  7. Compare the factors of alcohol addiction, binge drinking & a functioning alcoholic.

Who Should Attend:

This alcohol and drug awareness training is essential for all health and social care professionals, including:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Care Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Support Workers
  • Anyone working with vulnerable individuals

Benefits of Alcohol and Drug Awareness Course:

This awareness training is great for both employers and workers because it helps them understand substance abuse at work and how to know the signs. Benefits for attending includes:

  1. Meeting Legal Needs: This course makes sure you know what the law says about drug and alcohol misuse.
  2. Better Client Care: Learn how to spot and help people who are having problems with drugs or alcohol.
  3. Making Places Safer: Help keep your workplace safe by spotting and reporting signs of drug dealing.
  4. Learning Important Skills: Learn how to recognize drug tools and handle situations well.
  5. Feeling More Confident: Feel more sure of yourself when dealing with substance misuse at work.
  6. Staying Informed: Get access to info on new drug trends to stay in the know.


Importance of Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training:

Drug and alcohol problems can be a big issue in places where people get healthcare or social support. This training helps you:

  1. Spot People in Trouble: Learn how to see if someone might be having problems with drugs or alcohol so you can help them early.
  2. Stop Problems Before They Start: Help make sure everyone knows about the dangers and can stay safe.
  3. Make Things Better for Clients: By dealing with drug and alcohol problems, you can help people feel better and have a happier life.
  4. Protect Those Who Need It Most: Be ready to keep safe the people who might be more likely to have problems with drugs or alcohol.
  5. Stay Out of Trouble: Knowing what you’re supposed to do legally can help make sure you don’t get in trouble.

By taking Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training, people who work in healthcare and social support can make sure everyone feels safer and supported – themselves, their friends at work, and the people they help.


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Other FAQs

Q: Can the course be customised for specific industries or organisations?

A: Yes, we offer customisation options to tailor the content and case studies to specific industries, professions, or organisational needs.

Q: Are there any prerequisites for attending the drug and alcohol awareness course?

A: Generally, there are no specific prerequisites, as the course is designed to be accessible to individuals with varying backgrounds and levels of experience.

Q: How often should the drug and alcohol awareness training be renewed or refreshed?

A: It is recommended to renew or refresh the drug and alcohol awareness training periodically, typically every 1-3 years, to ensure participants are up-to-date with any changes in laws, regulations, or best practices.

Q: Why is drug and alcohol awareness training important at workplaces

Drug and alcohol awareness training is really important at workplaces for several reasons:

  1. Safety: Using drugs or alcohol can make people do things less safely, which means they might get hurt at work more easily.
  2. Productivity: When people use drugs or alcohol, they might not be able to work as well, so the job might not get done properly or on time.
  3. Legal Rules: Bosses have to make sure that work is safe for everyone. This means they need to deal with any problems with drugs or alcohol at work.
  4. Employee Health: Using drugs or alcohol can make people sick or not feel good. Training helps people understand how this can happen and what they can do about it.
  5. Prevention: By teaching people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, workplaces can stop problems before they happen and make sure everyone knows how to be safe.
  6. Support: Training helps managers and others know what to do if they see someone having a problem with drugs or alcohol. They can help them get better.

Overall, drug and alcohol awareness training helps make workplaces safer, healthier, and better for everyone who works there.

As I have told others... It is the best, most informative training I have ever attended