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IT stress can drive you to alcohol

The stress caused by IT-related problems - computers crashing, mobiles and automated call centres - are the modern reasons behind people taking to alcohol and cigarettes, says a study.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2006 17:44 IST

The stress caused by IT-related problems - computers crashing, mobiles and automated call centres - are the modern reasons behind people taking to alcohol and cigarettes, says a study.

More than a third of men and a quarter of women in Britain are turning towards alcohol and cigarettes as a result of the stress, according to a study by Britain's charity Developing Patient Partnerships (DPP), reported the online edition of BBC News.

The DPP conducted a poll of 1,000 people last year. One third of them said IT-related problems were a major source of stress and 27 per cent of men and 23 percent women said they would light up a cigarette in such situations, it reported.

And, while the DPP said it was important to talk about stress to help reduce the stigma that surrounded it, only 23 percent respondents said they would speak to their manager.

Twentyfive percent said they would be so worried about what their boss would think, they would not take time off work because of stress.

The survey also asked people what they thought stress was.

Over two-thirds thought stress was simply having a "bad day", 63 per cent said it was dealing with difficult people and 58 percent saw stress as having too much to do.

And 64 per cent wrongly believed that stress was an illness.

Although stress can lead to illness such as depression, it is not an illness in itself. The DPP is issuing guidance to help people deal better with stress.

DPP spokeswoman Rosemary Anderson said: "Considering that most people - 79 per cent - believe they have been stressed in the last year, it is worrying that they are seeking solace in alcohol and cigarettes when there are many positive things that people can do to help themselves cope plus feel better in the long term.

The survey claimed more than a quarter of adults - 8.2 million people in Britain - suffer from a drink-related disorder. It said 22,000 people die as a direct result of alcohol, mainly from liver disease - but also because of accidents, fights and other drink-fuelled incidents - with 150,000 people admitted to hospital each year because of drinking alcohol.

--Indo-Asian News Service

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