Taking a break from alcohol – tips and benefits
More people than ever are taking up the challenge to give up drinking for the whole of January. As many as 1 in 6 of the adult population in the UK attempted to quit alcohol for January last year and more were expected to stop this year according to Alcohol Concern which promotes the Dry January campaign.
Alcohol is a problem for many people in the UK and the issues associated with excessive drinking can easily spill over into the workplace. The Health and Safety Executive estimates that drinking is responsible for between 3-5 percent of all cases of sickness absence in the UK. Whilst that figure may seem small, it accounts for 8-14 million lost working days each year. Add to that the productivity lost by workers nursing hangovers and the total cost of drinking to UK businesses reaches £7.1bn.