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BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 31 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e772

Charity says companies need to deal with alcohol problems: Alcohol Concern wants Vince Cable, the UK business secretary, to call on companies to take more responsibility for alcohol problems in the workplace. The government has calculated that lost productivity and absenteeism because of drinking cost the UK economy 14 million working days and up to £6.4bn (€7.7bn; $10.1bn) each year. Businesses need to do more to help change employees’ attitudes to alcohol, says the charity. Around 10 million men and women in England drink above the recommended guidelines, and every day around 200 000 UK …

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