Binge drinking costs UK employers £6.4bn per year

The
culture of constant binge drinking across Britain is costing employers an
estimated £6.4bn every year, a government report has found.

The
Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit has published a report that shows around 17
million working days are lost in the UK because of hangovers and drink-related
sickness each year.

The
study estimates the total cost to the country is in excess of £20bn with the
associated NHS, criminal, social and clean-up costs.

More
shockingly, the report’s authors concede that the figures they used may even be
too conservative an estimate.

Government
ministers are planning to release a strategy to tackle binge drinking next
year.

By Ross Wigham

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