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About EWA

Why alcohol and workplace?

Alcohol and heavy drinking increase the risk of unemployment, absence from work and poor performance on the job (presenteeism). All of these cost employers and lead to lost productivity, with presenteeism having the greatest negative impact.

Work place structures and stress at work increase the risk of heavy drinking and alcohol use disorders. Alcohol policies at work should be embedded in overall well-being at work programmes, all of which show a good return on investment.

There are two important target groups: the young who are starting their working careers, because they are most vulnerable, and run much greater risks of unemployment; the older middle age because they have accumulated enormous work experience and capital, yet are the age group at greatest risk in absolute terms of an alcohol-related death.

There is an enormous breadth and depth of experience in implementing work place based policies for alcohol, and broader well-being. These have been poorly researched, yet need to be identified and tapped into, so that lessons learnt (good and bad) can be widely disseminated and shared.


EWA information flyer

A flyer with basic information about the project is available in the following languages: English, German, Spanish, Italian, Croatian, Polish , Rumanian and Catalan


Presentations about EWA project

  • DHS annual meeting, November 2011 (Hamburg) - Oral presentation ewa_hamburg nov 2011
  • 10th INEBRIA Conference, September 2012 (Barcelona) – Workshop
  • Gastein conference, October 2013 (Gastein) – Poster EWA_poster_EAHC_final
  • Sharing evidence and ways to improve the quality of actions to prevent and reduce harm related to addiction meeting, November 2013 (Lisbon) – Oral presentation EWA presentation_Lisbon

EWA aims to :

-Raise awareness amongst employees about how, in relation to alcohol, they can live healthier lives.-Inform employers how, in relation to alcohol, they can support their workforce to live healthier during and outside working hours.-Encourage employees to change their alcohol-related behaviour to live more healthily.-Encourage employers to adopt a workplace culture that, with respect to alcohol, is supportive of healthier living.




EWA Workpackages

-Good practice review - EWA will evidence existing good practice in workplace-based methods of raising awareness and changing behaviour to reduce alcohol-related harm.

-Pilot interventions - EWA will engage in each of 12 pilot areas at least 5 workplaces and at least 750 employees in innovative, evidence-based alcohol-focused interventions.

-Guidelines and analysis - EWA will assess new and innovative methods for reducing alcohol-related harm.

-Tool kit and policy recommendations - EWA will prepare and disseminate a tool kit and policy recommendations for better work





-Phase 1: Preparation of two workplace case studies following a common protocol

-Phase 2: Preparation of a pilot work plan for implementing new actions on alcohol in the workplace

-Phase 3: Carrying out 12 country based interventions, engaging with at least 5 companies to deliver comprehensive alcohol-focused interventions.

-Phase 4: Analysing each pilot to assess the effectiveness of the process of workplace engagement.

-Phase 5: Development of a tool-kit and policy recommendations for implementing work place based alcohol policies and programmes.