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British tend to kill stress by alcohol
Mon Aug 1, 2011 1:52PM GMT|
A new survey has revealed that British people would much prefer to relax by drinking alcohol than spending time with their children or parents.
The survey carried out by the charity Drinkaware found that almost 61 percent of adults said that drinking alcohol was their preferred choice after a stressful day, British media reported.
This is while that only 28 percent said spending time with their children helped them relax and again, only a small percentage preferred to ward off the pain by talking to their parents and/or their partners.
The small poll of 825 adults found people battle stress with up to four drinks on a typical evening at home.
The results came as a top physician warned that liver diseases cause by excessive use of alcohol are killing more and more British youths in their 20s.
Former president of the Royal College of Physicians, Ian Gilmore, said “cases of young people dying from liver diseases caused by drinking were at levels just not seen 30 years ago".
According to official figures, at least 7,000 patients aged 20-39 were admitted to hospital last year suffering from alcohol-related liver diseases.
Meanwhile, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has said in its latest report that British women are 17 percent more likely to develop cancer than those in Europe, for which obesity and alcohol could partly to blame.
“Women in Britain have a 25.1 percent chance of developing cancer by the age of 75”, said the report.
For European women, the risk is 21.4 percent.
British women are also more likely to die from cancer before 75 than their European counterparts, with 10.6 per cent dying from the disease against 9.4 per cent in Europe.
The figures showed better news for British men compared with those in Europe.
European men on average have a 29.5 per cent risk of developing cancer before 75, but this drops to 27.8 per cent in Britain.
Men in Britain are also 6 per cent less likely to die from the disease, with 13.3 per cent dying against the European average of 16.2 per cent.
"On average, women in the UK are more likely to be overweight and to drink more alcohol than the European average and this is a concern because both these factors increase cancer risk”, said Rachel Thompson, deputy head of science at the World Cancer Research Fund.
"They are not the only reasons for the differing cancer rates, but there is now very strong evidence that women who drink a lot of alcohol are at increased risk of developing the disease and that excess body fat is also an important risk factor”, the official added.
Sadly as a Brit, on the whole this is true! The trouble is, alcohol has become too accessible! When I was a kid it was only sold in Off Licences. You had to go out of your way to buy booze. Now it sady dominates the shelves of even the smallest of shops in small villages!