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Our Fun, informative and interactive presentations will help you change you and your colleagues' relationship with alcohol for good

Lisa and Alex, Bee Sober founders.Stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions can contribute to many people drinking as a coping mechanism.

This could impact your workplace by; reducing productivity due to absenteeism, reducing the quantity and quality of work, poor decision making and disruption to operations and co-workers covering for alcohol-affected employees.

Normalising drink cultures in the workplace has been cited as one of the reasons to drink more frequently and employers have a duty of care to promote health and well-being, amongst their workforce and we can help! 

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Bee Sober Presentations

Find out what we can offer your workplace, school or rehab centre with our interactive sessions

Workplaces Schools, Colleges & Universities Rehabilitation Centres

We also have a number of other speakers at Bee Sober, all of whom have their own experiences of alcohol and sobriety. Take a look here:

Talks in the Workplace

Staff Presentations

89,000 people across the UK are turning up to work every day with a hangover! That’s 1 in 10 people twice a week!

Alex shares her personal story about alcohol and sobriety, exploring how alcohol impacted her childhood and more recently, her mental health, including how and why both she and Lisa decided to experiment with sobriety which led to helping others all over the world.  This relatable, inspiring and brutally honest presentation will inspire and engage your people leaving them excited to give our 30-day Sober Experiment® a go and arming them with top tips and inspiration for living without alcohol (short term or more permanently). We ensure everyone we touch has a raised awareness of the impact of alcohol on their well-being and everyday life, providing the tools to allow people to support themselves and improve their mental health without alcohol.

The session is neither judgmental nor preachy and we can actively encourage your employees to make better choices about their drinking and engage them in our 30-day supported Sober Experiment® as a team – helping you create a healthier, happier and more productive workforce.  All participants will have access to the Sober Experiment and be provided with a downloadable information pack after the session.

For every 10 employees, we could save you £10,000 per year!
For every 10 employees, we could save you £10,000 per year!

Managers' Presentations

Through sharing our personal story and interactive discussion and discovery, delegates get the opportunity to understand the impact of alcohol on the well being and mental health of their employees and how this impacts the workplace. Participants will leave the session with all the tools they require to address this complex, difficult and sensitive issue.

The workshop encourages participants to be mindful of how only moderate drinking can impact employee and colleague well-being by looking at the impact on: the organisation, the management/employer and colleagues. The outcome is for a happier and healthier workforce who can approach the subject confidently and develop alternative coping strategies to deal with stress and anxiety surrounding the workplace.

Throughout the workshop, delegates are provided with tips and techniques for identifying concerns in the workplace and dealing with these concerns, in a way that is supportive, not punitive so employees feel confident they can approach you about their concerns.

We will offer your workplace our free 30-day Sober Experiment® following completion of this workshop.  We are also able to offer one to one and group coaching for your employees as part of our ongoing support (priced separately).  Please email for more details and take a look at our head coach's profile.

The estimated cost of alcohol related absence to the UK economy is £1.4bn per year!
The estimated cost of alcohol related absence to the UK economy is £1.4bn per year!

Webinars

All our talks, workshops and presentations are available online via Microsoft Teams or Zoom, meaning we can reach out to everybody at home.

Since the lockdowns in the UK began, alcohol consumption has surged, with one study finding that 61% of Britons had increased their alcohol intake since social distancing measures were introduced. It is likely that employers and employees are experiencing a high level of stress and anxiety at the moment. The length of the lockdowns has already affected people’s work and drinking habits, with many more people working from home and fewer people physically in the office.  New hybrid ways of working may also impact drinking habits as it will be more readily available throughout the working day.

A new study reports that approximately one third of people who were working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic was also drinking on the job. About 36% of men and 26% of women said they were drinking during work hours. Experts say alcohol consumption, while working, can affect job performance and could be noticed by employers. 

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Schools, Colleges and Universities

Bee Sober for Education

We can provide a PSHE session, assembly, interactive presentation or workshop (either in person or online) taking your students through our own honest and open journey with alcohol and informing them about its risks and dangers in a relatable and non-judgemental way, so theyare armed with the information to make informed choices about future drinking.  We can also explore the emotions and fears, through our own experiences, about parental drinking, which can have a lasting effect on their adult life.  We can provide a follow-up lesson plan and resources for your teachers, if required.

The new Ofsted framework recognises that in order for pupils to embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, they need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing and health in order to build their self-efficacy, including issues surrounding alcohol.  We work with your teachers and students by delivering PSHE sessions and/or assemblies about the impact of alcohol on individuals, society and family plus exploring the impact of peer pressure.  All our speakers are enhanced DBS checked.  Our fun and interactive sessions, tackle complex issues such as:

•The impact of alcohol on mental health

•The reasons people drink

•Effects of alcohol on individuals

•Effects of alcohol on society

•Having fun without alcohol

•Dealing with peer pressure

•Making choices

•Alcohol and family

All too often, during a typical PSHE lesson about alcohol where teachers are stressing the risks involved and highlighting the dangers, one in five of the class is sat there thinking “you’re talking about my mum/dad”.

*please note we tailor the session to meet your needs, not all topics will be covered in one 60-minute session.

We can tailor the presentation to meet the needs of your students.
We can tailor the presentation to meet the needs of your students.

Today, young people’s drinking habits differ from older generations.

Today, young people’s drinking habits differ from older generations.  According to the Institute of Alcohol Studies, recent trends suggest that they drink less often during the week, but that they are more prone binge drinking when they do.  At first glance, official figures on drinking habits indicate that in recent years, while young people have been drinking above the average unit consumption per week, they now drink less than the UK average. Young people also drink fewer times during the week than most other age groups. But when they do drink, a significant proportion engage ‘binge’ drinking.

As teachers of these young people, it is your responsibility to educate them and tackle this as a preventative measure, it is essential to unpick the habits of young people and make adequate and effective interventions before lasting damage has been done, in an explorative and interactive way and to provide non-judgemental support to encourage them to speak about their worries and fears surrounding their home life, their own drinking habits, peer pressure, a friend’s drinking or to generally debunk myths surrounding alcohol use.

We sponsor Nacoa (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics) to provide help for young people who may need it and will soon be voluntary speakers for this charity, alongside what we already do.

Interested in booking a talk in your school or college?  Drop us a line!

Rehabilitation Centres

The Presentation

We know there are already amazing services like yourselves for people with high alcohol dependency, but Bee Sober can help to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and the outside world. We know that leaving rehab is an exciting time, however, it can also mean facing a number of challenges. Feeling some trepidation at the thought of leaving rehab is perfectly natural and taking part in The Sober Experiment® will give residents something to focus on as they settle into their lives again.

Returning home usually means having to face familiar stresses. In the past these may have been an excuse for the individual to abuse alcohol and drugs. Just because the individual gets sober does not mean that life will stop happening. In order to deal with these challenges in a healthy manner, the individual will need to develop better coping skills. This is where we come in.

Our brutally honest, fun, informative and interactive session delivers everything residents need to know about alcohol, including activities and take away activities. We will share our own struggles with alcohol and how we overcame them to find positivity in sobriety, helping residents to see the huge impact of alcohol on health and well-being, providing impartial advice to help them make better choices about their drinking when they leave rehabilitation and opening the door to our growing community of people choosing to live a positive, happy and connected sober lifestyle.

Helping to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and the outside world.
Helping to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and the outside world.

Topics Covered

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Managing Stress
  • Addiction transfer
  • Facing triggers
  • Living positively in sobriety
  • Working with your family
  • How to talk to and build bridges with your children
  • Self-care
  • Mindfulness
  • Building resilience
  • How to form lasting connections
  • Mindset reset
  • Building a new social life/relationships/friendships

Interested in booking a talk in your rehab centre?  Drop us a line!

Testimonials

Natalie Maddox-Hussain

Alex today spoke to the Defence Women's Network about her 'why'.

The story behind Bee Sober being founded was truly heartbreaking in places and funny in others. Alex spoke from the heart and our audience was in awe of her honesty coupled with humour.

All organisations need to engage with Alex, the subject was not 'rammed' down peoples faces and no one was made to feel awkward it was honest information to allow people to think and make informed decisions. Alex told warts and all about her journey from childhood to the present day, it helped with the context of her why, it helped people realise it's not just them and it allowed people to know help is available.

I would love to carry on this partnership as there are so many different angles to this conversation that would be of benefit to our colleagues across not only defence but the U.K. Civil Service and our industry partners and having an organisation the Defence Women's Network can trust and appreciate is imperative.

Alex is infectious and a true inspiration, her journey is quite remarkable and I would urge all organisations to get in touch, you never know, like we didn't, who is struggling or in need of help until you open the conversation. Alex was really supportive of those on our virtual event that shared their own personal struggles, it takes someone who is strong, compassionate and who has lived experience to do that.

Don't delay reach out to Bee Sober and make a difference - it only takes one person to realise they need help for your event to be a success.

Alex, I can't thank you enough for giving up your time to talk to us today, I look forward to developing our partnership, you are amazing, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Natalie Maddox-Hussain

Assistant Head Commercial OSM & Defence Women's Network Events & Social Media Lead at UK Ministry of Defence

Trina Senese

Alexandria kindly presented a webinar to Cambridgeshire Police as the Co-founder of Bee Sober.
It was a pleasure to watch, and helped me to normalise my personal decision to adopt a sober lifestyle
Alex is refreshingly honest, passionate and insightful.
She is not anti - alcohol or trying to force the sober lifestyle on anyone, just ensuring that the audience has a better understanding of alcohol, and the right information to evaluate their relationship with alcohol.
Alcohol consumption is normalised and often glamourised by the media, the target audience is not those who identify as having a problem with alcohol, but just to evaluate why they drink, how much and when.
I love that Bee Sober is a real community, and that they offer a free 30 day sober trial
Throughly recommend!

Trina Senese

Police Sergeant & Chair of Wellbeing Champions at Cambridgeshire Police

Lisa Smith

In addition to the individuals who struggle, substance use disorders among employees negatively impact workplaces overall. The key to tackling this problem is to provide education on the subject and support for employees who need it. The Sober Experiment program does just that, with facts, support, and a positive message. Alex and Lisa are fantastic teachers and facilitators.

Lisa Smith

Author of Girl Walks Out of a Bar, a memoir of "high-functioning" addiction and recovery in the world of New York City corporate law and Principle Consultant at Lisa Smith Advisory LLC

Laura Baxter

Our People initiatives for 2020 are focused around making sure our team are thriving, both in and outside of the office. We decided to get The Sober Experiment in to talk to our team to give them an insight into how alcohol can affect their behaviour and performance, and how we can make better choices.

The feedback from the session has been wonderful, with many of our team taking up their 30 Day Sober Challenge, which is offered as part of their package!

Lisa and Alex are informative and brutally honest about their past relationship with alcohol, which means people can easily relate. If your focus is on Employee Wellbeing get them in to speak to your team!

Laura Baxter

Head of Administration & HR, Fuller Research Group, Manchester

Hopwood College

I hope Alex can come back every year

Good reasons to cut down

Excellent topic and position on alcohol and its use / misuse. Insightful and thought provoking: hopefully this will give people the tools they need to approach conversations differently.

Very engaging delivery, very honest and open. Alex made me aware of how ubiquitous alcohol use/abuse is and how dangerous it is to use it to relax

Thanks for such an honest and personal approach to a sensitive topic.

Listening to Alex really gave me an outlook on my own life .

Hopwood College

Staff Members

Louise Putland

Alex supported us during our National Apprenticeship Week campaign by talking to over 200 Apprentices and learners about her experiences. She was engaging and really connected by sharing her personal experiences. Really impactful speaker and great feedback received. Huge thanks!

Louise Putland

Employer Skills Consultant at Hopwood Hall College

Levenshulme High School

The feedback from both staff and pupils was that your session ran really well. It both met the needs of the statutory framework, but also engaged pupils throughout – this is not a topic, for cultural reasons, that they give much consideration to, so they were fascinated.

The remote delivery was really smooth and the use of resources to involve the pupils furthered the aforementioned engagement.

Many thanks again for the time and energy before and on the day – we will heartily recommend you to other colleagues and hope we can work together in future.

Levenshulme High School

Year 10 PSHE

David Ryan CQC Registered Manager

Bee Sober came in to our rehab (Leigh Bank – Turning Point) to deliver a group to our residents. Both Alex and Lisa were really nice. Very approachable, engaging and knowledgeable. Our residents said they really enjoyed their group and they spoke very positively about them both.

David Ryan CQC Registered Manager

Manager of Turning Point Rehabilitation Centre Oldham

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