All Work and No Play Drives Women to Drink

job interview If you're a cranky woman who spends most of her time working, and less time playing and involved in leisure activities, you're more likely to have a drinking problem than your satisfied sisters, concludes occupational therapistChristina Andersson of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Conversely, she found that women who are satisfied with everyday life and are involved in leisure activities rarely have problems with alcohol. Andersson took a look at a number of how everyday life affects alcohol consumption as part of the wider Women and Alcohol in Gothenburg (WAG) population study.

In one study, 851 women aged 20-55 answered questions about their everyday life covering employment, leisure activities, the distribution of housework, how much time they have to themselves to do things they enjoy, and how satisfied they were in each of these areas.

The results of another of the underlying studies showed that alcohol dependence is more common among women who drink to cope with everyday life and work (for example to calm their nerves or feel less down) and those who drink alone.

It doesn't take an academic study to figure out that hiding that bottle of sherry in your desk drawer might indicate you have a drinking problem. But it's more of a surprise to find out that taking more time off to play could actually help save you from that drinking problem. It's as good an excuse as any to focus on having more fun.

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