Before Christmas UK businesses were set to face a £216m bill For Christmas party calamities said the Insurance provider Aviva.
Overindulgence and accidents were said to see over two million workers take "sickies."
The Aviva 'Morning After...' report said 2.31 million UK workers have called in sick after drinking too much or having an accident at a work Christmas party resulting in £216 million lost to the British economy based on CBI calculations of absence costs.
The report stated that men are over twice as likely as women (88% more likely) to call in sick after the office party, and directors and managers are significantly more likely (67% more likely) to call in sick than the rest of the workforce.
Despite the recession, almost two thirds (61%) of UK businesses were planning a party and workers' festive spirits were not dampened - over a quarter (26%) said the stresses of 2009 meant people were likely to get more drunk and rowdy than usual.
Employees drank on average 7.3 units of alcohol at their Christmas party; men planned to drink an average of 9.6 units nearly three times the recommended limit for men of 3-4 units per day. Women said they were likely to drink an average of 5.6 units - well over twice the recommended daily limit of 2-3 units.
Alcohol-related accidents at Christmas parties are common, with nearly a third (31%) resulting in hospital treatment. The most common office party mishaps are falling over dancing, slipping on spilt drinks, falling off furniture, passing out, and walking into a wall.
Here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire we hope your Christmas party went according to plan.