Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training for Managers

The Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training for Managers is designed to help managers understand and prevent the issues relating to the impact of drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

This online course focuses on raising awareness, and promotes employee health and wellbeing, providing you with the tools you need to manage any issues that may arise.

  • Developed in partnership with Drug and Alcohol Training Specialists
  • Specifically for Supervisors and Line Managers, comprehensive training experience
  • Instant Online Access – available 24/7 via our Learning Management System
  • Certificate available upon completion
Duration: Approx. 40 minutes

    *Annual price per unit 

    £35.00 £25.00

    Discounts for larger volume and multi-year subscription purchases.
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    About the Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training for Managers Online Course

    Drug and Alcohol Awareness for Managers is a digital training course, designed to support people who manage staff and make sure you can recognise the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, and the impacts it may have on individuals and the workplace.

    Through undertaking this training, you will understand the law and legislation that protects the health and safety of employees, and be able to manage incidents relating to drugs and alcohol within a supportive culture.


    Aims of the course

    Our Drug and Alcohol Awareness for Managers training course aims to raise awareness about the impact substance misuse can have on individuals and the workplace. It provides preventative strategies and suggests effective ways to identify and minimise the risks, promoting positive health and wellbeing outcomes for all employees.


    Who is this online training course for?

    This course is appropriate for anyone who manages or oversees staff who wants a better awareness of the impact of drug and alcohol misuse on employees, their colleagues, and the workplace as a whole.

    The course is suitable for you if you are responsible for implementing strategies for dealing with substance misuse or involved in overseeing employee health and wellbeing.


    Course content


    You’ll begin the course by looking at the many different reasons why people may use drugs (both legal and illegal), and the definitions of drug abuse.

    The impacts of drug and alcohol misuse in different contexts are then explored – including the impact on the workplace, the impact on health, and the impact on society. Recent statistics are provided so you can relate your training to real life situations.

    You will be asked to reflect on the importance of understanding and addressing drug and alcohol misuse in the context of the workplace, and to consider how the workplace can provide opportunities for support.


    2Understanding Types of Drug

    The main three categories of drugs and their effects are explored in this chapter (depressants, hallucinogens, stimulants) with detailed information and examples of the key effects of these drugs, and their risks to mental and physical health given in each section.

    You’ll also be shown information about polydrug use and the additional risks that may occur when drugs are combined.

    The more commonplace drugs such as alcohol, smoking, caffeine and image and performance enhancing drugs are also covered in this chapter.


    3The Law and Your Legal Responsibilities

    This chapter look at the legislation associated with drugs and alcohol and how it affects the workplace. The laws relating to alcohol, drugs and smoking (for you and the place you work) are covered in detail, with information about units of alcohol and drink-driving limits explored.

    Real life case studies are included in this chapter to help you reflect on the implications of alcohol and drug use on the workplace, and how they affect people’s their ability to do their job.


    4Mitigating the Issue

    Chapter 4 examines Drug and Alcohol policies, why these are important and what they should include, with an emphasis on building a positive corporate culture.

    You’ll explore the importance of risk assessments and study two comprehensive case studies demonstrating how to implement and use risk assessments.

    Strategies for raising drug and alcohol awareness in the workplace are covered in this chapter and you’ll be asked to consider how your organisation promotes health and wellbeing.

    Finally, you’ll look at different strategies for promoting health and wellbeing to help employees understand the health risks of substance misuse and encourage behaviour change.


    5Identifying a Problem

    You’ll find out about using personnel audits to help find the links between possible instances of substance misuse and explore strategies for implementing these and recording your findings.

    This chapter then explains the possible signs to look out for when identifying an issue and looks at what you should do next.

    The rationale, safeguards and procedures around drug testing at work are examined, and some of the complexities around this process are highlighted, including both employer responsibilities and employee rights.


    6Managing an Issue

    This chapter gives you the information you need to help identify potential issues and signpost employees to support.

    The emphasis for line managers is to manage the problem with support and understanding (although legal requirements are taken into consideration) and a model of ‘The Cycle of Change’ is incorporated into this chapter to help you to understand the different stages an employee might be at, and what this can mean for you as their manager.

    The chapter concludes with some informative Tips for Communication for Line Managers (verbal, non-verbal and environmental) which will help you to talk to your employees in a supportive but professional way.



    The course concludes with a short assessment comprising of a series of questions to test your knowledge and understanding of the course. In order to obtain your Certificate of Completion, you must pass this assessment.


    As well as our Drugs and Alcohol Awareness training courses, you may also be interested in our Mental Health Awareness Training Course. Alternatively, take a look at our full suite of Health and Wellbeing Courses.

    Ready-to-go online training

    This module is ready-to-go and you could be up and running in a matter of minutes. If you’re still unsure, learn more about the benefits of RealSense’s ready-to-go online training or simply ask us for a demo. We can help you get started and remember our support team are always on hand if you need them.

    What do you get?

    Our course(s), designed by topic specialists, are simple and easy to use and can be completed in your own time, at your own pace. You will get unlimited 24/7 access to the learning platform, your resources, digital training record and access to your certificate is available upon completion.

    When purchasing for larger groups of people, remember that our onboarding process can help setup the platform to meet the specific needs of your organisation.

    If you cannot find the answer to your query in our Frequently Asked Questions, or if you would like a quote, a chat through your training requirements or just need some technical help then our support team are here to help. Contact us today.

    How is it delivered?

    Modules are delivered via our online learning platform, Activbase or available in alternative formats for use on a customer’s own Learning Management System (LMS). Once payment has been received, you will be sent an email from RealSense confirming your purchase followed by a separate email from our Activbase Learning Platform with details on how to access your course(s). Access is available 24/7 for the duration of your license. Customers requiring a different course format e.g. SCORM for use on their own LMS, please contact us with your requirements.

    Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training for Managers

    Upon successful course completion, a certificate of achievement is available and or automatically added to a learner’s digital record. 

    Digital certificate – print, download, store

    The certificate itself includes the learner’s name, course title, completion score / result, completion date and any marks of approval, accreditation authorities, and or distribution partners. It can be downloaded, stored or printed.

    Learning records

    When using our platform Activbase, learning records are available 24/7 for review, tracking progress and access to certificates. Records contain details of sessions including progress, attempts and results. This and additional data such as associated CPD, standards and qualifications are logged and available for information insights and management reporting – a powerful resource for tracking compliance as well as monitoring learning pathways.

    Please note: when accessing the course via standalone media or 3rd party systems, you will need to check those systems log learning activity appropriate to your training needs.


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    “Excellent Course well presented, plenty of content and easy to follow.”

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    The RealSense team have the ability to really understand client needs and deliver exceptional results through their knowledge and passion for their craft. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

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    “The piece of work designed and developed by RealSense, tested and rolled out for HSBC was simply the best safety e-learning that the Bank had ever commissioned. We could not have done it without your expertise, drive and enthusiasm.”


    “RealSense proved to be helpful, responsive and supportive throughout… a very satisfactory innovative product design to meet customer need.”

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    “This e-learning training package is now even more flexible and easy-to-use, making it an excellent resource to assist employers in complying with fire safety legislation.”

    Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

    Product Specification

    This module is designed to operate on industry standard multimedia PC compatible computers / laptops and or mobile devices with a suitable processor e.g. 2.0GHz Intel or AMD Processor, 4GB RAM or higher. A good reliable internet connection is required of at least 3Mb+/sec.


    Windows: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
    Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
    Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Android OS 4.4 or later

    Articulate Mobile Player

    Articulate Mobile Player in Apple iOS 10 or later on iPad
    Articulate Mobile Player in Android OS 4.4 or later (optimized for tablets)


    Internet Explorer 11 must be installed.


    OS: Windows 7+ | Browser: Up to date | Video: Up to date video drivers | Memory: 1Gb+ RAM | Download Speed: Broadband (3Mb+/sec)
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    Screen Readers

    Windows: NVDA, JAWS 16 or later
    Mac: VoiceOver
    iPhone: VoiceOver
    iPad: VoiceOver
    Android: TalkBack

    Accessibility Guidelines

    Storyline 360 output supports Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA and Revised Section 508 standards. Click here for a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT®).


    Our standard courses conform to SCORM / AICC (and TinCan) e-learning standards and have been successfully delivered on over 30 different learning management systems worldwide.

    Activbase Online

    Activbase is our own simple and easy to use learning platform for administrating, distributing and managing training. Our video based courses are streamed via our Activbase platform.

    Other Devices

    Most of our products are available on devices including Tablet, iPAD, smartphone or deliverable via media such as CD-ROM, USB memory stick and more. Let us know what you need.

    Want to customise the ready-to-go training with your brand and learning materials?
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    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Pre-sale - Have a question about price, discounts, customising, demos, access?

    Q: How do I access the online learning course?

    A: The course is accessed via our own Activbase learning platform, or can be made available as a SCORM object for you to upload to your own Learning Management System.

    Q: What if I would like to add or change some of the content to make it more specfic to my organisation?

    A: We can swiftly tailor courses to suit your specific training needs. Please contact our team to discuss your requirements and request a quote.

    Q: Is it possible to arrange a demo?

    A: Yes, of course. If you would like to have a demo of a course or the Activbase Learning Platform then simply contact our team who will be able to arrange a demo for you.

    Q: I represent an organisation with lots of employees we would like to train. Can your solution manage that? How much will it cost? Is there a discount when buying for a large workforce?

    A: Our digital learning solutions are suitable for small, medium and large organisations. The solution is scalable so you can purchase for an individual or for a large organisation. We have an affordable pricing structure with discounts available for larger volumes. Simply let us know what courses you would like, how many employees you wish to train and we can tailor a package to suit your specific training needs. Simply ask us for a quote.

    What is Activbase?

    Activbase is a simple and easy to use Learning Management System (LMS) from RealSense that you can use to access your online learning courses. It provides hosting, administration, distribution and tracking of learning activities from a single cloud based platform. Find out more about the features and benefits of Activbase.

    Using our courses - Technical query? Forgotten my password?

    Q: I have a technical issue, what should I do?

    A: That’s an easy one. Please contact us. You can get in touch via our online form, email our support team or call your account manager or our technical support team today.

    Q: I have forgotten my password, what should I do?

    A: If you have forgotten or lost your Activbase password, you can request a password reset through our learning platform, Activbase.

    Records and certificates - Is the course accredited? What if i fail? Can I download my certificate?

    Q: Is the course accredited?

    Most of our courses are accredited by relevant authorities / approval bodies applicable to the course such as CPD, RoSPA or IIRSM. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any specific standard / approval requirements.

    Q: Will I get a certificate?

    All courses come with a certificate of achievement in recognition of completing the course successfully. A digital record is stored with each learner’s history and certificates are available for access and download.

    Q: What if I fail my course?

    If you do not achieve the pass rate for the course then you will be given the opportunity to review the training content and attempt the assessment again. With some of the video based courses, the course may be locked on a third failed attempt, subject to a review by your organisation administrator of a member of the RealSense support team.

    I have another question, can you help?

    If you cannot find the answer to your question here or in our detailed Frequently Asked Questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact our team. We are here to help answer your queries, help get you started and make sure you are maximising our digital learning solutions throughout.

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