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A new meta-analysis study, which analyzed data from 61 other studies, globally found that people who work long hours regularly are more likely to have a drinking problem, either as a short-term or as a chronic issue.
The study analyzed data from studies in 14 countries comprising of nearly 333,700 people. The study found that people who worked more than 48 hours per week were 13 percent more likely to engage in risky drinking behavior than those who worked 35 to 40 hours weekly.
In the study, risky drinking was defined by the European standard for drinking behaviors; more than 14 drinks per week for women and 21 for men.
In the U.S. there is a more conservative standard; seven drinks per week for women and 14 for men.
Interestingly enough, the study found no correlation between socioeconomic status or gender. The only common metric was hours worked per week.
Drinking alcohol increases risks for liver disease, heart disease, cancer, stroke and mental disorders.
The study, conducted in Finland, was published in The BMJ.
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