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By Work Package

Good practice review

The objective in this work package is to evidence existing good practice in workplace-based methods of raising awareness and changing behaviour to reduce alcohol-related harm.

Partners in each of the twelve countries (Belgium, Catalonia, Croatia, England, Finland,
Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Scotland) have been invited to
identify and prepare two workplace case studies that demonstrate lessons learnt from the
development and implementation of work place practices related to alcohol. The common
protocol was discussed and agreed during the first project meeting.

Please see below for information and report on the good practice review.

Guidelines and analysis

The objective in this work package is to provide guidelines for implementing innovative methods for reducing alcohol-related harm and for evaluating them.

Guidelines for pilot interventions were drafted, drawing on the other work packages in the EWA project together with other relevant documentation. In addition, the methodology for conducting baseline and follow-up evaluations and analysis of the pilots were developed.

Pilot interventions

The objective in this work package is to engage in each of the 12 pilot areas at least 5 workplaces and at least 750 employees in innovative, evidence-based alcohol-focused interventions.

Based on the good practice review (work package 4) and the pilot guidelines (work package 5), each of the twelve pilot countries’ (Belgium, Catalonia, Croatia, England, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Scotland) pilot partners are engaging with public and/or private sector workplaces to deliver comprehensive alcohol-focused interventions.

See below for relevant documents for this work package.


Purpose of the toolkit

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This toolkit provides guidance for developing and implementing alcohol preventive interventions within workplace settings. It builds on evidence and good practice lessons derived from the DG SANCO funded European Workplace and Alcohol project. The toolkit has a specific focus on how employers and those working with workplaces can:

  • improve workplace productivity and reduce absenteeism and presenteeism;
  • reduce workplace accidents and make workplaces safer;
  • raise awareness amongst employees about how, in relation to alcohol, they can live healthier lives and be more productive at work;
  • support employees to change their alcohol-related behaviour to live more healthily during and outside working hours ;
  • help the adoption of a workplace culture that, with respect to alcohol, is supportive of healthier living and improved workplace performance.

Who the toolkit is for

The toolkit is aimed at a wide range of stakeholders including employers, occupational and workplace health professionals, trade union representatives, public health service providers, human resource managers and public health policy makers and commissioners. It highlights both how to establish effective alcohol preventive interventions that can benefit employees and employers and provides insight into the rationale for promoting and commissioning such interventions. It also flags up the key components for effective alcohol interventions in workplace settings.

Toolkit versions

English, Dutch, French, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Croatian, German, Italian

Policy recommendations

Policy Recommendations

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Findings and evidence from the EWA project, including its review of the state of the art, case studies and pilot actions, inform EWA’s key recommendations at EU, national, regional and company/organisation levels. Alcohol policy should be a key priority for European, national, regional and public health agendas and EWA restates the importance of pursuing existing evidence-based recommendations, policies and laws to reduce alcohol consumption and harm, including advertising bans, taxation, minimum pricing and health information labels.

Recommendations for EU, national and regional policy-makers

  • public health policy and action should include a focus on workplaces as a setting for alcohol-related health promotion and support the widespread deployment of comprehensive alcohol policies;
  • alcohol policy should incorporate raising awareness amongst companies/organisations and their representative bodies about the considerable impact that alcohol can have on safety, performance, productivity and reputation, and promote “alcohol free” workplaces – where possible working with companies and organisations to utilise peer to peer methods of engagement.

EWA also recommends that companies and organisations should:

  • adopt a comprehensive, written, alcohol workplace policy – for long-term impact;
  • implement health-related alcohol programmes, as comprehensively as resources allow – including as part of a wider health and well-being agenda;
  • pro-actively make their workplaces “alcohol free”;
  • review working practices and management styles that can cause stress and perpetuate or worsen heavy drinking;
  • where they have experience of alcohol policies and interventions, consider acting as “champions” to engage other companies and organisations;
  • utilise the EWA toolkit as good practice guidance for workplace policies and practice.

Policy recommendations versions

English, Dutch, French, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Croatian, German, Italian

Dissemination and project conference

In this section you can find information about the dissemination of the EWA project. You will also find information about the dissemination at national level and links to materials developed by the different partners in the project.

Here you can find the dissemination plan of the project


The evaluation of EWA includes a number of tasks which are designed to achieve both an
understanding how the project activities are being unfolded so as the produce its outputs and outcomes with the envisaged aim to meet the project objectives.
Briefly the Evaluation Plan covers the following activities:

  • Evaluation planning - this task it will be an activity confined mainly within the first half of the project but it will continue as the project will be moving towards its final working packages, which will be unfolded at a late stage for which there cannot be planned yet the instruments, analysis plan and data collection methods.
  • Developing evaluation instruments – this task is aimed at developing those instruments which will be used to collect data, a process that will happen with the support of the Associated Partners. Each instrument will undergo a process of discussion amongst the project Associated Partners that will be further followed by adjustments and its approval by these partners.
  • Collecting data – this task is aimed at collecting the required data, by using the above mentioned instruments, again also with the support of the project partners.
  • Data analysis & Report producing - is the next following this task to be regularly pursued and it is aimed at further analyzing the collected data and at producing the reports.
  • Feedback for the project manager - this task is extremely important especially within one of the categories of the process evaluation, namely monitoring. This sub-type of process evaluation is aimed at providing regularly the project manager with reliable data concerning the implementation of the project so as he can steer the project in an effective and efficient way.

Read more in the Evaluation stratey and report: