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Are Brits reliant on after-work alcohol?

3rd March 2011

The average Brit hits the bottle at 7.11pm on a weekday night, a study found recently.

Research revealed a stressful day at work leaves the typical adult reaching into the fridge for a cold alcoholic beverage just an hour and 25 minutes after arriving home. Almost three quarters of us believe we need a drink to 'unwind'.

Incredibly one in five people admitted they drink 'too much' and wine has now taken over from lager as our favourite evening tipple.

Lawrence Christensen, Head of Communications for leading mutual healthcare provider Benenden Healthcare Society, which commissioned the study among 3,000 Brits, said: ‘Whilst we are seeing a positive change in British drinking habits, it is still clear from these results that alcohol forms a major part of routine daily behaviour.

‘Current government guidelines recommend a maximum of 3 to 4 units of alcohol per day for men and 2 to 3 units per day for women.

But it can often be forgotten that just one large glass of wine can place you at this maximum in one go and successive drinks on a regular basis can give rise to health concerns.

It can be worrying if regular alcohol consumption forms a routine habit, which then becomes hard to break out of. With three quarters of Brits believing that they need a drink in order to unwind, we should encourage alternatives.

There are many activities that we can undertake at the end of a long hard day's work, including taking on a new fitness or health regime, having a relaxing bath or reading a good book which can be cheaper and definitely more beneficial to longer-term health

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.’

The survey was carried out by online market researchers www.OnePoll.com between the 16th and 21st February 2011. It consists of a nationally representative sample of 3,000 working Brits.

 

 

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