Hamburg - Alcohol-related illnesses cause around 1.8 million days of absence among employees in Germany. This is the result of an analysis of the sick leave of their insured persons presented today by (TK) in Hamburg. The health insurance company recorded 235,765 days of absence due to alcohol, which, extrapolated to the total population, corresponds to 1.8 million days of absence nationwide.
TK received more than four million sick leave in 2012. Most of the cases were respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, back pain or toothache.
Among the 100 most frequent diagnoses, eleven were psychological Illnesses, including in 47th place “mental and behavioral disorders caused by alcohol”. TK recorded almost 5,000 cases with this diagnosis.
Those affected suffer from alcohol addiction, withdrawal syndromes or psychotic disorders, among other things. According to the investigation, sick leave with this diagnosis lasted an average of more than seven weeks. The AOK Federal Association wants to present figures on absenteeism tomorrow.