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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!

Through sharing our story with your employees, our relatable, inspiring and brutally honest presentation will inspire and engage your people leaving them excited to give our 30-day experiment a go. We ensure everyone we touch has a raised awareness surrounding 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.

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 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/drug taking 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.

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

We are now also offering our presentations for staff and managers to you online, meaning we can reach out to everybody at home.

Since the lockdown began, alcohol consumption has surged in the UK, 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 lockdown has already affected people’s work and drinking habits, with many more people working from home and fewer people physically in the office.

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. 

Interested in booking a talk in your workplace?  Drop us a line!

Schools, Colleges and Universities

Bee Sober for Education

We can provide a PSHE session, assembly 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 students are armed with the information to make informed choices about future drinking.  We 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 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”.

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:

  • 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

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

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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