Awareness of Alcohol and Substance Misuse

Producer: Embrace Learning

Duration: 3 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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Aimed at people working in the health and social care sectors, this training course has been developed in association with British Institute of Learning Disabilities and Voyage Care.

This e-learning training course explores how legal and illegal drugs affect brain chemistry, why people take them and the signs to look out for.

Learners will examine their attitude to people who use illegal drugs or misuse legal drugs such as alcohol and learn about the importance of taking a non-judgemental approach to support.

The training course also looks at the dangers of people combining drugs with prescribed medication and the purpose of risk assessments.

Finally, the training course considers the legal implications of service users misusing substances and identifies the sources of support and advice learners might need to access on their behalf.

Please Note: The demo link for this title is representative of the courseware but does not give access to the actual course.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows XP Operating System
- Authorware may also need to be installed for some courses


Awareness of Alcohol and Substance Misuse, is broken down into four easy-to-follow units - an introduction and three study units.

The study units are:

- Types of drug and their effects
- Why people use drugs and how to identify the signs
- Awareness at work


By the end of each study unit learners will be able to:

- Define the word ‘drug’
- List the main types of drug
- Explain the basics of how drugs affect brain chemistry
- Describe some of the commonly used drugs and their effects
- Understand the risks involved in taking different drugs
- Identify the effects of combining ‘social’ drugs with medication
- Describe ways of providing helpful non-judgmental support
- Explain why risk assessments are helpful and important
- Advise service users on how to minimise the risks of misusing drugs
- Understand the legal implications of drug use
- Access the appropriate supportservices users might need
- Clarify their own attitudes regarding people who use drugs or misuse alcohol
- Identify patterns of drug use and be able to differentiate between them
- Understand the reasons why people use drugs
- Describe the signs to look out for if they suspect a service user is either misusing or withdrawing from drugs.

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