Workers rely on alcohol for relaxation

The average Briton hits the bottle at 7.11pm on a weekday night, with the typical working adult reaching for an alcoholic beverage just an hour and 25 minutes after arriving home, a study by healthcare provider Benenden Healthcare Society has concluded.

The survey of 3,000 people found that three-quarters conceded that they needed a drink to “unwind” and one in five admitting that they drank “too much”.

“Brits need to keep a careful eye on themselves to ensure that they are not reliant on alcoholic drinks as part of a day-to-day routine,” warned Lawrence Christensen, head of communications.

A separate piece of research published in the British Medical Journal in February 2011 has concluded that people who drink alcohol in moderation (about one drink a day or less) are between 14% and 25% less likely to develop heart disease compared with those who drink no alcohol at all.

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