14m days a year lost to drinking

Sarah Coles
coins in beer
coins in beer

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An alcohol charity has warned that 14 million working days are lost every year, at a cost of £6.4 million, because of excessive drinking. Whether people are having a drink at lunchtime that renders them useless all afternoon, or recovering from a massive hangover that has left them feeling close to death all day, alcohol abuse is an expensive problem.

Alcohol Concern has warned that it is being completely ignored by some of Britain's biggest firms. So what are the risks, and what can be done?