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Stress at work makes men ill

26th June 2006

Men suffer high rates of stress and depression due to work and turn to drink to cope, a survey has found.

More than one in three men turn to alcohol to try and switch off from work and 17 per cent have been to see a doctor about their stress levels.

Experts said men were making themselves ill by not facing up to problems and using drink as a coping strategy.

The poll of 2,200 men found the highest levels of stress in the legal profession and banking and finance.

More than a quarter of men are suffering from exhaustion as a result of stress and 38 per cent are dissatisfied with their jobs, with a third feeling that there company rarely recognises their achievements.

One in five men have aggressive outbursts as a result of stress at work and 22 per cent suffer from depression because they are unhappy with their jobs.

Pressures at work led to sleeping problems in 35 per cent of men and 40 per cent struggle to switch off from work.

Professor Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Lancaster University, said men didn't seek help because they didn't want to be seen as "weak".

He said women probably have double the pressures of men but their rates of illness are lower because they have better coping strategies.

The survey, commissioned by the makers of Wellman vitamins, also found that stress was affecting men's love life.

Around 15 per cent of men said they suffered from a lowered sex drive and 5 per cent had sexual impotence as a direct result of stress at work.

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