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Hangovers at Work Inflict $1.8 Billion Headache on U.K. Economy

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Photographer: Chris J Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Britain’s economy suffers a 1.4 billion-pound ($1.8 billion) cost from people coming to work either hungover or still drunk, according to a calculation served up by researchers.

The London-based Institute for Alcohol Studies used the findings of a survey of 3,400 U.K. employees, who on average judged themselves to be 39% less effective when they persist in doing their job despite having had one too many at some point beforehand. The analysis factored that result together with average labor costs to reach the outcome on the economic damage.