Risky Drinking After Working Long Hours – Part 1 of 3
Risky Drinking After Working Long Hours. Working big hours may raise the risk for alcohol abuse, according to a new study of more than 300000 people from 14 countries. Researchers found that employees who worked more than 48 hours a week were almost 13 percent more appropriate to drink to excess than those who worked 48 hours or less. “Although the risks were not very high, these findings suggest that some public might be prone to coping with excess working hours by habits that are unhealthy, in this case by using alcohol above the recommended limits,” said study author Marianna Virtanen, from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki.
Risky drinking is considered to be more than 14 drinks a week for women and more than 21 drinks a week for men. Drinking this much may dilate the risk of health problems such as liver disease, cancer, stroke, empathy disease and mental disorders, the researchers said. Virtanen believes that workers who drink to excess may be trying to cope with a variety of work-related ills. “I think the symptoms tribe try to alleviate with alcohol may include stress, depression, tiredness and sleep disturbances.
Virtanen was careful to say this study could only show an association between long work hours and risky drinking, not that working lengthy hours caused heavy drinking. “With this type of study, you can never fully prove the cause-and-effect relationship. The report was published online Jan 13,2015 in the BMJ. “The also scratch paper supports the longstanding suspicion that many workers may be using alcohol as a mental and physical painkiller, and for smoothing the transition from work to home,” said Cassandra Okechukwu, author of an accompanying journal editorial.