Long working hours increases alcohol problems

WORKING at least 50 hours a week increases the risk of alcohol-related problems threefold, a New Zealand study suggests.

Researchers used data from men and women aged 25–30 years who were enrolled in 1977 in a birth cohort called the Christchurch Health and Development Study.

The study found a significant association between longer working hours and drinking-related problems, lead author Dr Sheree Gibb (PhD), from the University of Otago, said.

The longer the working hours, the worse the alcohol problem, including abuse and dependence, researchers found.

Participants who worked 50 hours a week or more on average were 1.8–3.3 times more likely to have alcohol-related problems than those who were not working.

And they were up to 1.5 times more likely to have alcohol-related problems than those who worked between 30 to 49 hours a week.

The finding may suggest a need to consider policies and programs

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