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The real cost of hangovers

from BBC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that excessive drinking costs the U.S. economy more than $220 billion annually — or about $1.90 a drink. Some 72 percent of the costs stem from lost workplace productivity. In Australia, sick days will cost up to $1.6 billion in lost productivity in the last two weeks of the year, with some 10 percent of the workers polled planning to take up to three sick days off to recover from their celebrations, according to a survey of 1,000 workers. And in the U.K., researchers estimated holiday-season hangovers cost businesses almost $40 million. more

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