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As people start to return to the office and work social events are now permitted, now is a key time for employers to consider how to create healthier drinking practices.
Last year the Junior Lawyers Division of The Law Society (the JLD) launched a campaign to promote a healthy drinking culture in the profession as this can have a significant impact on (i) mental and physical health, (ii) diversity and inclusion, (iii) bullying and harassment and (iv) productivity.
Why is a healthy drinking culture important?
There are four key factors driving lawyers to re-think their approaches to alcohol:
How can we create healthier drinking cultures?
Last year, the JLD launched a new guide – Creating a Healthy Alcohol Culture in the Legal Profession (the Guide). The aim is not to stop individuals drinking alcohol, but to promote awareness and create opportunities to foster a healthier, more inclusive approach to work-related activities, and the Guide includes lots of best practice examples.
The JLD received vast amounts of feedback from those working in the legal profession with examples of what they are doing to create a healthier drinking culture. As a result, , the JLD released a compilation of case studies (the Case Studies) from law firms, chambers, the courts, lawtech companies, law schools and many others, full of examples for others to copy.
No more explanations
The key message is that individuals do not feel the need to justify why they are not drinking on any given occasion. The question will often make the person uncomfortable and usually lead to an awkward exchange, possibly around religion, health and bad experiences. We should all be ready to intervene if we hear the question ‘Why are you not drinking?’, so that our friends and colleagues do not need to explain themselves.
A copy of the Guide, the Case Studies and further resources can be found on the JLD’s healthy drinking culture webpage: https://communities.lawsociety.org.uk/junior-lawyers/advice-and-features/booze-culture-campaign
Laura UberoiCouncil Member, The Law Society of England and Wales
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