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Your Profession May Determine your Alcohol Intake (Study)

There are mixed scientific views on the use of alcohol where on one side a moderate amount of alcohol offer benefits but overconsumption of it causes addiction and toxicity. It is true that the amount of alcohol taken is somehow a personal preference and liking but a new study estimates how your profession may affect your alcohol intake.

According to this new study, middle to old age people from some particular professions drinks more heavily than others. The complete results of this study are not published in the journal BMC Public Health. These findings may help to find high-risk groups for alcohol abuse and focus them on alcohol awareness programs and awareness.

The research team from the University of Liverpool worked on a study evaluating the role of the profession on the alcohol intake of a person. Various professions such as construction, production and manufacturing are more likely to increase the alcohol intake of a person. other jobs which are categorized as professional occupations such as doctors, engineers, teachers have a low chance of overconsumption of alcohol.

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People with the heaviest drinking habits in the UK, where this study was conducted were found to be managers, industrial staff, cleaners, and publicans. The lowest alcohol consumption was spotted in physicists, meteorologists, clergy, geologists and doctors.

Increased alcohol intake is associated with a number of physical and mental harms. So the professions that require high focus and concentration indirectly affect the drinking habits of these people and are more responsible alcohol consumers.

These results provide new insights to the employers as well as policymakers determining how different sectors need more awareness regarding the overconsumption of alcohol. To understand this link between professions and alcohol intake, the research team investigated data obtained from 100,817 people from different parts of the UK. These participants were on average 55 years old and this data was obtained from the UK Biobank (2006 to 2010).

All these people were asked to list their weekly and monthly intake of alcohol and their profession. Heavy drinking was defined as consuming 35+ UK alcohol units every week for women and exceeding 50 units every week for men. This UK unit of alcohol is nearly 10 millilitres or 8 grams of alcohol.

The link between profession and drinking habits was significantly different gender-wise. Men in skilled professions were found to be heavy drinkers whereas women who were senior associated, officials and managers were linked with heavy drinking. The lowest drinking habits were reported from men who were clergy, doctors, and in the planning division whereas women with the most controlled drinking habits were scientists, physiotherapist, school staff and biochemists.

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These differences between men and women as per their alcohol intake is deeply affected by their profession. It is probably their work environment or ethics which require them to drink responsibly. But this relation is not as simple as it may look and many other factors such as interest and choice in alcohol may also affect it

This was cross-sectional research so it can’t establish a clear relationship between a profession or a person and his alcohol consumption habits. Also, this data was more than 10 years old and there are chances that alcohol consumption patterns have changed with time. Deeper research into these two factors can help to depict the true picture of this relation.

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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