UK workforce turning to alcohol to deal with stress

Learn how I beat Depression

A major survey of over 3000 employees which was carried out by Medicash, a healthcare cash plan provider, found that more than 50 percent of the survey participants felt so stressed out at the end of a day’s work that they turned to the bottle to find relief.

“Worryingly, a third of Britons admitted in the survey to having deliberately drunk too much in a bid to relax and escape work stress. Small amounts of alcohol can be good for us but regularly relying on alcohol to lift your mood after a bad day can lead to long-term dependence. Incorporating healthy eating and exercise into your daily routine is one way to break this cycle.” Sue Weir, chief executive of Medicash.

10 percent reported that they feel stressed before they even arrive at work and 6 percent said they felt stressed all the time as a result of work.

Around a third said they have had to call in sick because they had “reached the end of their tether” and a substantial 12 percent had actually left their jobs because of stress.

Employees working for larger businesses seemed to fare better than those who worked for smaller businesses as far as stress at work is concerned, as those working for small businesses were 50 percent more likely to take time off work as a result of stress.

There were some differences between professions too. Almost 50 percent of construction workers said they needed alcohol to deal with stress at the end of most days. They were also the group that was more likely to take time off too. In fact the survey showed that almost 60 percent had done this twice in the month prior to completing the survey.

People who worked in research and development were the least likely to resort to drink to ease their stress with more than 40 percent of them claiming to use exercise to de stress.

A little bit of stress is harmless, in fact it’s beneficial, it is prolonged and persistent stress that is dangerous as it can have a significant impact on both physical and mental health. In some cases stress can trigger depression, anxiety and other mental health problems as well as increase the risk of heart disease and even cancer.

People who are experiencing a significant amount of stress should consider learning relaxation techniques, find better ways of coping with stress and should speak to their doctor or other health professional for advice.

Learn how I beat Depression

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *