A new research report now says that hardworking people may end up consuming more alcohol than usual or beyond the recommended levels. That not only means expanded exposure to health risks such as liver issues, but also spending more on drinks. Could executives be pushing their workers to drink more by having them work overtime?
Risk to health and productivity
An interesting relationship between work and drinking has been established. Researchers say that employees, who work long hours, may find themselves drinking more bottles of alcohol. They do that usually to drown the anxiety of their abundant workloads. That means that executives, who require their employees to work long hours, may actually drive them into more drinking. That may not be good for the health of the workers or productively of the company in the long run.
21 bottles for men
The study, which sought to explain the relationship between excess work and excess drinking, found that people who work 48 hours or more are in the greatest danger of expanded alcohol consumption. In the U.S., the law defines dangerous drinking as excess of 21 bottles for men in a week and excess of seven bottles for ladies in a consistent manner, according to NPR reports.
In Europe, unsafe drinking is excess of 21 drinks for men a week and excess of 14 bottles a week for ladies.
People who work more than 48 hours a week are at the risk of increasing their alcohol consumption by 13%, according to the study. Some 333,693 people across 14 countries participated in the study, which also incorporated several other studies. The researchers adjusted for issues such as financial status in compiling the report on the relationship between work and drinking.
Danger in excessive drinking
Excessive drinking of alcohol has been linked to a number of health issues that include liver conditions, tumor, and coronary diseases.
According to experts, the study shows that executives should get more concerned over the gainfulness of working long hours for their employees and the impact such could have on productivity of their organizations.