And 21 per cent of users do it because their boss does!
More than one in 10 London managers admit taking illegal drugs at work or a work social event. And more than a quarter (29 per cent) have witnessed colleagues taking drugs, LondonlovesBusiness.com can reveal.
Our exclusive survey of 500 London-based mid-mangers found that class A drugs are the most widely used, with 90 per cent of those who admitted taking drugs admitting to using cocaine, MDMA and ecstasy pills.
Cocaine is the most popular drug for London professionals, with 40 per cent of workplace drug-users admitting to snorting lines at work.
Almost 10 per cent of drug users admitted taking the tranquiliser ketamine while at work, and nearly five per cent said they had taken the new drug “meow meow” – otherwise known as mephedrone or “euphoria”.
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Peer pressure was the most cited reason given for taking illegal drugs at work or at a work social event. Almost a quarter (21 per cent) said they took them “because everybody else is taking them”. One in five said they did it, somewhat shockingly, because their boss did and they thought a promotion was more likely if they conformed.
Other factors listed were creativity, addiction and long hours. Twelve per cent said it made them more creative, five per cent blamed addiction, while almost one in 10 (eight per cent) said they needed illegal drugs to get through long working hours.
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While the use of cocaine in the workplace has been known for some time, this research highlights the prevalence of “party drugs” – such as GHB, meow meow and MDMA – in the workplace.
Interestingly, women and men favour different drugs:
· 40 per cent of women workplace drug-users favour cocaine versus 28 per cent of men
· 27 per cent of men choose to take speed compared with just 16 per cent of women
· 27 per cent of men take drugs because they want to impress their boss, as opposed to a lower 16 per cent of women
The highly addictive amphetamine, crystal meth, was also cited but was the least used of the drugs, with only 3.13 per cent admitting to taking it.