Alcohol abuse hits financial services sector

The Priory Group, well known for its work detoxing celebrities, is targeting indulgent financial services professionals in advertising campaign on alcohol abuse.

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‘Workers in the City are under enormous pressure to perform at peak levels, and many high achievers cope with the stress by using alcohol, cocaine or other substances,’ Neil Brener, a psychiatrist with the hospital chain, told the Financial Times

Brener said some professionals were drinking the equivalent of 35-40 pints of beer a week. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), meanwhile, is now holding 26 meetings a week in the City. Ten years ago they were holding only 12 such meetings.

Alcohol abuse costs UK industry approximately £3.3bn annually, according to AA.

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