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People drink to unwind

6th July 2012

A charity has warned that almost two-thirds of people rely on alcohol to unwind in the evening.

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Research carried out for Drinkaware saw 2,000 adults aged 30-45 polled on their drinking habits and found that many drank at home or on their way home from work.

A third of men surveyed who drank at home, and nearly half of women, said they drank above the daily limit of three to four units of alcohol (a pint and half of beer) for men and two to three for women (one 175ml glass of wine).

And 68% said they always ensured drink was available in the home while 71% bought alcohol as part of the weekly grocery shop.

But the charity warned that alcohol can be a “false friend” in dealing with stress.

Head of campaigns and communications Siobhan McCann said: “Even though it might seem like a few drinks can relieve the pressures of the day, in the medium to long term it can actually add to them - whether they’re work, financial or family-related.

“Stress can also be an excuse for people to drink more than they should, especially if they don't realise the negative impact it can have on their health and well-being.”

Alcohol Concern echoed that, saying that using alcohol to unwind can often lead to more problems.

Emily Robinson, director of campaigns for the charity, said: “Alcohol is also a depressant so feelings of anxiety may get worse by drinking and causing someone to feel more stressed.”

 

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