Two thirds 'hit the bottle' to relax after a stressful day at work
60 per cent blamed work for their stress levels while half blamed financial worries
08:46 GMT, 6 July 2012
Most adults admit they turn to alcohol to help them cope after a stressful day, according to new research.
A survey for the charity Drinkaware found almost two-thirds of people aged 30-45 drank alcohol to unwind.
A fifth of men and nearly one in six women said they drank every day or most days of the week.
Long day Charity Drinkaware warns alcohol can be a 'false friend' at times of stress
Four out of 10 women and a third of men said they were drinking more than the Government's daily unit guidelines, which are set at 3-4 units for men and 2-3 units for women.
Almost half of the 2,000 people questioned (44 per cent) said they were more likely to drink after a stressful day and more than a third (37 per cent) said they thought about having a drink on the way home.
The majority of those questioned (60 per cent) blamed work for their stress levels while half blamed financial worries and more than a third (36 per cent) said family life caused stress.
Siobhan McCann, head of campaigns and communications at Drinkaware, said: 'Alcohol can be a 'false friend' when you are trying to deal with stress.
'Even though it might seem like a few drinks can relieve the pressures of the day, in the medium to long term it can actually add to them – whether they're work, financial or family related.
'Stress can also be an excuse for people to drink more than they should, especially if they don't realise the negative impact it can have on their health and wellbeing.
'Think about your evening routine – if you spend most of your time on the sofa with a drink in your hand, look at other hobbies you can enjoy with family and friends to help clear your mind. With a summer of sport ahead, there has never been a better time to get out and get active.'
Professor Paul Wallace, chief medical adviser to Drinkaware, said alcohol can disrupt sleep, cause weight gain and increase the risk of cancer, heart and liver disease.
'The more you consume, the more your body gets used to it. So make a point of having days off from drinking so that your body doesn't develop a tolerance to alcohol,' he said.
ICM carried out an online survey of 2,008 UK adult drinkers aged between 30-45 in May 2012.