Long working hours have tremendous detrimental health effects. A new study has exposed another adverse effect of long hours of working.
According to the researchers, people who work for 48 hours a week or even more are expected to engage themselves in heavy alcohol consumption.
For the new study, a team of researchers gathered data from more than 330,000 people from across 14 different countries.
The participants who worked for more than the average working week were found 11 percent more likely engaged in heavy drinking habit.
The researchers define heavy drinking as 21 drinks or more per week for men and 14 drinks or more a week for women.
“The workplace is a crucial set up for the prevention of alcohol misuse as over half of the adult population is employed there,” wrote the researchers while adding, “Further research work is required to assess whether preventive interventions against risky alcohol use could benefit from information on working hours.”
Writing in an editorial for the study, Cassandra Okechukwu of the Harvard School of Public Health, said that the researchers closely monitored people from 14 nations and found that 11 percent people, i.e. about two million people, drink heavily because of their long-hours of working hours.
The study authors have detailed the findings of the research work in the British Medical Journal.