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Work-related stress blamed for excessive drinking

The topic of alcoholism and its link to work-related stress has been brought back into the spotlight due to a recent documentary as part of the Panorama programmes.

Further to this research undertaken by the charity Drinkaware has found that one in three people who have intended to cut down on their drinking have not done so due to stresses associated with their jobs.

It discovered that there is a trend which is particularly prevalent at the moment showing that professional workers are more likely to drink excessively than those who undertake manual work.

Chris Sorek, chief executive of Drinkaware, said: "Many of us find an excuse to unwind after a stressful day with a few drinks."

Research released earlier this year by the University of Central Lancashire said that many office workers turn to alcohol after a boring day at work.

But consuming alcohol is not just a way to relax, but has an impact on a person's health and their performance the next day.

Many workers do not realise how much they are drinking and it is not until they add up the units for a week that they realise their consumption is excessive.

Mr Sorek said: "MyDrinkaware.co.uk can help you track your drinking and see if your consumption is putting you at risk.

"One in four users of the online unit calculator and drink diary say it has helped them reduce their alcohol consumption and active users claim to have reduced their intake from 5 to 3.9 units per day."

One glass of wine after work can easily become two and after time a dependency can start and the impact of the alcohol on a person's health can become long-term.

With many people finding the stresses of working life are exacerbated due to staffing cutbacks and bigger workloads it is important that the country's workforce address the issue of turning to alcohol as a mechanism to cope.ADNFCR-2134-ID-801299489-ADNFCR

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