Adults drink to cope with problems

60% of us hit the bottle to drink daily stress away			
				 
   by Jennifer Cockerell 
  Published

60% of us hit the bottle to drink daily stress away by Jennifer Cockerell Published

New research reveals that nearly three in five (58%) of all people (aged 18-75) who drink alcohol are doing so because it helps them to cope with the pressures of day to day life.

The survey, which looked at adult drinking patterns in the United Kingdom, showed 38% of men and women who said they had drunk alcohol in the a year ago had done so at least some of the time to "forget their problems", with 47% claiming they had done so to "cheer themselves up when in a bad mood".

Almost half (47 per cent) said they had done so to cheer themselves up when in a bad mood, while 58 per cent said it helps them to cope with the pressures of day-to-day life.

Drinkaware, the charity behind the research, said people in lower social grades drink to forget their problems or when they are depressed or nervous at a significantly higher rate.

41 per cent also noted that they occasionally drink when they're feeling depressed or nervous.

Drinkaware boss Elaine Hindal said January was when concerns about finances and debt came sharply into focus.

'There are some weeks when I drink every day just to keep myself going. I know it's not great but there is a release in doing that which helps me to temporarily forget my problems and worries.

'Too many people are hitting the bottle when things get rough and we all need to start thinking why we do this and look for other ways of coping with our day-to-day pressures. Drinking so constantly also lowers levels of a brain chemical called serotonin that helps adjust our moods, the report revealed.

"What this thought provoking survey shows is that a worrying number of people are drinking alcohol to help them cope with the pressures of day to day life". This is one factor leading to symptoms of depression if people drink heavily and regularly. "In addition, alcohol and depression can feed off each other to create a vicious cycle".

'Twenty-first century living can be hard but using alcohol to help cope with its pressures, particularly for people who are already struggling, for whatever reason, to keep their heads above water, is not the solution'.

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