Stressed out Brits hit the bottle to ease pain of workplace stress

British men are turning to drink to cope with stress and depression caused by too much work, a survey suggests.

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

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

The study, commissioned by the makers of Wellman vitamins, also found that one in five men have aggressive outbursts as a result of stress at work and 22% suffer from depression because they are unhappy with their jobs.

Pressures at work led to sleeping problems for 35% of men, and 40% struggle to switch off from work.

Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Lancaster University, told BBC News Online that men didn’t seek help because they didn’t want to be seen as “weak”.

“Men tend to go to the pub, blot it out and they don’t talk to anyone about their problems,” he said.


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