Long Work Hours May Be Linked To Higher Likelihood Of “Risky Alcohol Use”

The Los Angeles Times (1/14, Kaplan) “Science Now” blog reports that research published in BMJ indicated that people who “worked at least 49 hours a week were up to 13% more likely to engage in ‘risky alcohol use’ compared with those who were on the job for only 35 to 40 hours a week.” Investigators came to this conclusion after analyzing “data on more than 430,000 people.”

Bloomberg News (1/14, Cortez) reports on the BMJ study, and also points out that “in a 2012 survey by the” CDC, “71 percent of Americans said they’d had a drink in the past year, while about 56 percent had done so in the past month.” Bloomberg News adds that “there are a small and growing number of people who drink excessively at one sitting, and it’s not clear why, said George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.” Koob said, “We’re seeing a higher number of drinks per individual.” He added, “What’s growing is the intensity of drinking in a single bout. We are concerned about that. We haven’t figured out how to address it.”

Related Links:

— “Workaholics are more likely to drink too much alcohol, study says,” Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, January 13, 2015.

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