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30/05/2006

One in 6 employees in Britain has been under the influence of alcohol at work in the last 6 months, according to Royal & Sun Alliance. And the insurer has found that up to 25% of accidents in the workplace are caused by booze.

A whopping 54,000 employers blame up to 10% of workplace underperformance on alcohol, and almost 60,000 say that alcohol contributes to 10% per cent of absenteeism.

The research also highlighted that 2 million working Britons took 1 or more days off sick due to alcohol-induced illness over the last 6 months. Around 12% of under-30s pulled a ‘sickie’ due to excess alcohol.

Phil Bell, spokesperson for Royal & SunAlliance, said: “Our study reveals that there is an ongoing problem with alcohol in the workplace, even though the 24-hour drinking legislation has not increased this further. Employers can be held liable for accidents in the workplace and research shows that 20 – 25 per cent of these are caused by alcohol.”

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