Workers in the region admit going to work feeling drunk or pulling sickies after a boozy night out

PUBLISHED: 13:04 05 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 December 2018

Workers admit going into work feeling drunk new research suggests

Workers admit going into work feeling drunk new research suggests

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One in ten workers in the eastern region admit going into work still feeling drunk after a boozy night out.

Mike Blake, health and well being lead at Willis, Towers, WatsonMike Blake, health and well being lead at Willis, Towers, Watson

According to new research the majority (71 per cent) said they have still driven to work despite feeling woozy.

Worse, more than one in ten (14 per cent) have taken sick days in the past 12 months because of hangovers.

Only a third (36 per cent) admit to bosses that a hangover was the reason for pulling a sickie.

“These findings suggest that far too many people in East Anglia are putting their safety and wellbeing, and potentially the safety of others, at risk,” said Mike Blake, wellbeing lead at Willis Towers Watson who carried out the research.

“The human body is only capable of processing, on average, one unit of alcohol per hour.

“Binge drinking can mean that alcohol remains in the bloodstream many hours later. Those drinking heavily on nights out can consequently be still feeling the effects of their alcohol consumption the next day.

“With Christmas just around the corner and party season starting, the likelihood of workers coming into work still feeling drunk increases. “Companies should be looking at what they can do to support workers and educate them on the dangers of excessive drinking on work nights.

Less than one in 10 workers in the region say their employer provides staff with health advice on alcohol consumption.

Furthermore, more than one in ten (13 per cent) eastern region workers claim that their employer contributed to unhealthy levels of drinking among staff, such as pressuring workers to drink on staff nights out, paying for alcohol on nights out, or encouraging a work hard, play hard culture.

“Alcohol can be employed by some businesses to help them promote a laid back, trendy culture, while for others it is used as a staff reward, with some even hosting onsite bars,” said Mr Blake.

“But there can be other, less risky, ways for them to achieve these objectives.

“In addition to the detrimental effect on physical health and wellbeing, frequent and excessive alcohol consumption can negatively impact the long-term mental health of workers.

“In some cases, it is used as a crutch to mask deeper psychological problems.”

The research found that more than one fifth of workers in East Anglia have hangovers on a monthly basis that affect their productivity.

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