While it has long been assumed that working long hours can be associated with mental health problems, exhaustion, and even relationship problems, research has now linked this state with alcohol abuse as well. Employees who work over 55 hours a week are “13 per cent more likely to consume “risky” levels of alcohol.” The study of 330,000 people provides the first analysis of its kind regarding the relationship between working hours and alcohol consumption. With age, gender, and socioeconomic status held constant, the relationship between alcohol use and long working hours supports longstanding suspicion from scientists. Shift patterns and spread of working hours do play into the alcohol use, however.
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