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Work-related use of alcohol MRP210

A large part of the total alcohol consumption in different countries is related to the workplace, and this is, both nationally and internationally, historically rooted. Different industries, working conditions, and workplace cultures seem to affect the use of alcohol, having different effects on men and women. Work related alcohol consumption can be argued as having both negative and positive consequences. While it can contribute to both teambuilding and to the reduction of stress, it can also greatly contribute to long-term sick leave, work-related accidents, as well as being damaging to the business’s reputation and to the psychosocial working environment. The course also addresses problem gambling/gaming and the use of illicit and prescribed drugs in working life.

Course description for study year 2022-2023

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The candidate will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge on work related alcohol and drug use through lectures, discussions, group- and individual studies. It is sought to develop a critical reflection on gender issues, ethical issues and own attitudes related to the course theme.
Learning outcome

Upon completion of this course, the students are expected to have the following knowledge, skills and competence:


The candidate:

  • Has advanced knowledge on the prevalence and consequences of work related use of alcohol and drugs
  • Has advanced knowledge on this issue in public health and gender perspective
  • Has advanced knowledge on prevention strategies, early intervention and strategies for handling alcohol and drug related problems in Norwegian working life


The candidate:

  • Can apply this knowledge on work related alcohol and drug use to identify, evaluate and ask for relevant help to implement interventions in the workplace
  • Can apply the knowledge on work related alcohol and drug use in written material such as alcohol and drug policies, academic articles etc.

General competence

The candidate:

  • Can critically reflect on work related alcohol and drug use
  • Can reflect on attitudes towards work related alcohol and drug use
  • Can reflect on own alcohol use related to work
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam - individual 1/1 5 Days Letter grades

The candidate is asked to write an academic paper based on a given text. 3000 words (+/- 10%).

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Silje Lill Rimstad
Study Program Director: Trond Erik Grønnestad
Course coordinator: Hildegunn Sagvaag
Method of work
Lectures, discussions, group- and individual studies.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Work and work-related use of alcohol (MHVR203_1) 10
Open for
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Health Sciences Health Science - Master's Degree Programme Substance Use and Mental Health Work, Master Substance Abuse and Mental Health Work, Master, Part-time
Course assessment

Course evaluation

There is continuous evaluation of the quality of the teaching and learning experience according to current regulations.

The syllabus can be found in Leganto