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Alcohol Hangovers Cost the Dutch Economy €2.66 Billion Annually

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Researchers from Utrecht University recently conducted a study that revealed the significant economic impact of alcohol hangovers on the Dutch workforce. The research, published in the journal Healthcare, reveals that absenteeism and presenteeism due to hangovers result in substantial financial losses for the economy.

The study involved a comprehensive online survey conducted among 1,910 Dutch adults aged 18–65, out of which 365 participants who consumed alcohol in 2019 were included in the final analysis. The researchers aimed to evaluate the prevalence of absenteeism (not going to work) and presenteeism (going to work while hungover) due to alcohol hangovers, as well as the associated economic costs​​.

The survey revealed that 8.1% of employees reported experiencing at least one day of absenteeism due to hangovers in 2019, while 33.4% reported at least one day of presenteeism. On average, alcohol hangovers were associated with 0.2 days of absenteeism and 8.3 days of presenteeism per year. The productivity loss on days worked while hungover was estimated at 24.9%​​.

The economic analysis estimated that the total costs of absenteeism due to alcohol hangovers amounted to €234,538,460, while the costs of presenteeism were significantly higher at €2,423,603,184. This brings the overall economic cost of alcohol hangovers in the Netherlands to approximately €2.66 billion for the year 2019. To put this into perspective, the study highlights that these costs exceed the annual Dutch government spending on infrastructure and water management, and approach the budget allocated for foreign trade and development aid​​.

The study also explored the impact of demographic factors on absenteeism and presenteeism. It was found that younger employees and women reported higher rates of both absenteeism and presenteeism compared to their older and male counterparts. Additionally, employees with higher education levels were more likely to report presenteeism, possibly due to a greater sense of responsibility towards their job performance​​.

Interestingly, hangover severity was significantly correlated with the number of days of absenteeism and presenteeism. However, the correlation between hangover severity and performance level on presenteeism days did not reach statistical significance​​.

The findings of this study underline the need for employers to address the issue of alcohol hangovers in the workplace. The substantial economic costs associated with reduced productivity and increased absenteeism highlight the importance of creating awareness about the detrimental effects of excessive alcohol consumption. Employers might consider implementing educational programmes and support systems to promote healthier drinking habits among employees.

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