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Work pressure fuels binge-drinking

Boom in binge- drinking is being fuelled by an unexpected source - the pressure to be "perfect" at work, according to a leading psychologist.

health and fitness Updated: Feb 21, 2009 20:03 IST

Boom in binge- drinking is being fuelled by an unexpected source - the pressure to be "perfect" at work.

That's the conclusion of a leading psychologist, who carried out a study of drinkers and found they struggled with the stress of having to control their emotions in the workplace.

Instead, they let off steam at weekends, reports the Scotsman.

Professor Anna van Wersch, who is from the Netherlands, said: "People in England are more high achievers than the Dutch.

"The quality of their work has to be perfect and their performance is much higher.

"There''s a lot of pressure to do well, and to behave appropriately and control one''s emotions, and that can be stressful.

"That''s why I think the British put so much emphasis on having something to look forward to at the weekend: a chance to let off steam and let their hair down."