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Study: Long work hours linked to alcohol abuse

By Samuel Okocha     Aug 13, 2011 in Health
Working at least 50 hours a week increases the risk of alcohol problems by up to three times, that’s according to a study by University of Otago, Christchurch in Australia.
Lead author Dr Sheree Gibb said the study was aimed at examining whether working hours were related to alcohol problems in early adulthood, University of Otago said in a statement.
Using data from the Christchurch Health and Development Study which followed over 1000 people born in Christchurch in 1977 through to age 30, the study showed a significant association between longer working hours and alcohol-related problems.
The study revealed that longer working hours were associated with higher levels of alcohol problems which included frequent alcohol use and alcohol abuse or dependence.
People who worked 50 hours or longer on average a week were 1.8 to 3.3 times more likely to have alcohol-related problems than those who were not working, while those who worked between 30 and 49 hours per week were about 1.2 to 1.5 times more likely to have alcohol-related problems.
Men and women who worked longer hours were both at higher risk of alcohol abuse.
Accordig to Dr Gibb, this finding may suggest a need for consideration of policies targeted at individuals who work long hours, with the aim of reducing rates of alcohol-related problems amongst this group.
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