Drunk and hungover workers cost £96m

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Unproductivity by Northern Irish employees turning up to work drunk or hungover is twice as costly as non-production by employees who don’t turn up at all.

That’s according to Addiction NI Chief Executive Thelma Abernethy who was addressing an Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPHI) conference on the importance of tackling mental health issues and substance abuse to improve the health of Northern Ireland.

Ms Abernethy revealed £47 million is lost to alcohol-related absenteeism, whilst more than double this (£96 million) is lost as a result of “presenteeism,” or unproductivity of employees turning up to work.

The Addiction NI scheme, “Drink, work, and me,” seeks to educate employees about alcohol and how it can affect them at work.