Two out of three reach for the bottle at the end of a stressful day

Drinkaware an independent, UK-wide charity is on a mission to change the national drinking culture, conducting research and finding innovative ways of reducing alcohol abuse and alcohol related injuries.

In a recent research study, 2000 adults were questioned on their drinking habits to establish how it was related to daily activities. The study found that that nearly two thirds of the sample reported actively relying on alcohol to relax and unwind in the evenings.

The participants were aged between 30 and 45 years, it was reported that 44 percent of them drank every night of the week and one in three reported having a drink before getting home.

The study found that stress, particularly work place stress, was the highest influencing factor that lead people to reach for the bottle after a long day.

Drinkaware representatives reportedly said that alcohol was a ‘false friend’ to stress, in the long run causing greater mental and physical health problems. It was reported that stress lead to individuals not keeping track on the amount they drink, this can also subsequently have a negative impact on stress levels and health in the long term.

Mindfulness is the NHS treatment of choice for stress relief, it helps people become more aware of the present moment and trains them how to deal with emotions and thoughts that are stressful and lead to bodily sensations such as those associated with anger, fear, worry or anxiety. has the pleasure of offering the services of Mindfulness expert Dav Panesar who provides both day and 8-week mindfulness training that could considerably decrease levels of stress and anxiety, improve health and wellbeing and an individual’s reliance on alcohol for stress management.

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