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Alcohol Abuse Help - Recession drives professional classes to drink.
Is the recession driving UK professionals to drink? As economic conditions deteriorate, treatment specialists are reporting sharp increases in people with demanding jobs seeking alcohol abuse help, especially from the financial services sector.
Contrary to the popular stereotypes of alcoholics, middle-class professionals are in fact at particular risk from alcohol dependence, according to figures released last year by the Office for National Statistics. Some 43 per cent of those in ' managerial and professional' occupations exceed healthy drinking limits, compared to 31 per cent among those in 'routine and manual' jobs. Among those in the highest social category - top managers and large employers - 49 per cent drank too much.And in the population at large, several studies have provided robust evidence that the prevalence of alcohol abuse is strongly connected to the psychological stress of economic recessions.For those faced with cutbacks at work and the need to meet demanding targets under challenging conditions, the temptation to 'self-medicate' may be strong, warns Sue Allchurch.
And while outwardly high-achieving and super-competent, many professionals feel under enormous pressure to hide the stress they feel - and their reactions to it - from their families, friends and colleagues.But there are clear signs to look out for, she adds. These include:
"Anyone who is self-medicating in these ways should be aware of the warning signs and seek alcohol abuse help before their situation becomes critical," says Allchurch. For alcohol help and advice, contact Linwood Group on 0800 066 4173
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