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London Professionals Dream Of A White Christmas As More Than One In Ten Admit Taking Illegal Drugs

London Professionals Dream Of A White Christmas As More Than One In Ten Admit Taking Illegal Drugs At Work

More than one in ten London professionals admits to taking illegal drugs whilst at work, and more than a quarter (29%) have witnessed their colleagues taking them too according to new research by

The study, which polled 500 intermediate managers in London, reveals the reasons why London professionals are turning to illegal drugs, with 21% claiming they use them due to peer pressure in the work place. Worryingly, 21% also reveal they take them in order to conform with their boss, possibly in the hopes of being promoted.

Other reasons cited for taking illegal drugs at work are that the drugs encourage creativity (12%) and help manage the stress of the job (10%).

Drug of choice?

Of those consuming drugs at work, a vast majority (90%) are choosing & lsquo;class A’ drugs, with two fifths (40%) taking cocaine. A fifth (20%) of those taking drugs in the workplace admit to taking MDMA and Ecstasy, whilst nearly a tenth (8%) are choosing dangerous party drug GHB.

The study reveals a gender divide between which drugs are being consumed and why:

40% of women versus 28% of men cite cocaine as their drug of choice

27% of men choose to take Speed compared with just 16% of women

27% of men take drugs because they want to impress their boss, as opposed to a lower 16% of women

Sophie Hobson, editor of LondonlovesBusiness.comcomments, “These results are startling. Although there is a general awareness that drug use goes on in the work place, the research highlights just how prevalent this issue is in London businesses, which is particularly worrying with the Christmas party season just around the corner. Tory MP Louise Mensch recently admitted to taking drugs whilst working for EMI and according to the research, clearly she’s not the only one.”


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