Around 200,000 people come to work with a hangover every day and around 17 million working days are lost to alcohol-related sickness every year. Alcohol can have a seriously negative impact on your attendance and performance at work. Alcohol can disturb your sleeping patterns, leaving you tired and less productive if you do make it into work.
In the longer term, if you are regularly drinking over the recommended guidelines of 3-4 units a day for men and 2-3 units a day for women, you are increasing your risk of suffering from health problems including liver disease, a number of cancers and stroke.
One of the most common reasons that people give for having a regular drink is to de-stress after a hard day at work.
How can you de-stress without alcohol?
Here are some tips to help:
- Exercise is an excellent way to de-stress. Even a brisk walk can clear your head.
- Try replacing an evening at the pub with another activity; maybe the cinema or theatre?
- Having a nice warm soak in the bath will relieve tension from your body.
- Get an early night to leave you fresh and alert the next day.
Staff Occupational Health and Wellbeing Advisor