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Crushing the long hours culture

The link between working long hours and a drop off in productivity is not a new one. Research from the US suggests that after 17-19 hours of staying awake - a normal working day for many people - reaction times are up to 50% slower than they are after drinking alcohol.

According to the research, reported in the British Medical Journal, accuracy was also significantly poorer. The longer the volunteers stayed awake, the worse they performed, reaching levels normally expected from alcohol intake above the legally accepted limit in Scandinavia and the UK.

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