Monday, August 23, 2004

Hangovers Costing U.K. Businesses Billions

Aug 23 2004

HUNGOVER staff lose business £2.8 billion a year - and the cost will rise with 24-hour drinking, a poll said yesterday.

Each year, 29 million days are swallowed by sickies and slow work caused by a thick head.

Fifty-one per cent of workers said all-day drinking would be bad for businesses.

Shop staff said their line of work was most at risk when drinking law relaxes next year.

More women - 35 per cent - than men - 26 per cent - said a work hangover is acceptable.

Alcohol Concern said: "Staff who go out drinking excessively are more likely to under-perform or call in sick next day."

Internet recruitment firm polled 8,450 workers.