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Alcohol the favourite way to unwind

After a hard day at work, people prefer to relax with a bottle of wine - rather than spending time with their partners of children, a survey has revealed.Six in every ten adults said drinking was their top choice after a stressful day, while 28 percent said spending time with their children helped them relax. Only 26 percent opted for talking to their partner.

The poll of 825 adults, for industry-funded charity Drinkaware, found people battle stress with up to four drinks on a typical evening at home.

More women than men - 73 percent versus 26 per cent - said stress was the main reason they had a drink at home at the end of the day.

A total of 73 percent of women said they typically pour themselves a glass of wine to relax. Some 61 per cent of women surveyed have two or more large glasses of wine on a typical night - more than double the recommended daily unit guidelines for women.

And 61 percent of men drink at least two pints of beer (around four units) on an average evening at home.

Among both sexes, 61 percent admit to drinking after a stressful experience and 73 percent after a bad day at work.

This compares with just 15 percent who drink after a great day and 17 percent who hit the bottle after a good day at work.

Of all those surveyed, 26 percent feel they drink too much on at least two occasions every week.

Tonic: More women than men - 73 percent versus 26 percent - said stress was the main reason they had a drink at home at the end of the day.

Donna Dawson, a psychologist specialising in personality and behaviour, told the Daily Mail: “When it comes to drinking alcohol, the way the human brain works means we are naturally disposed to find a reason to indulge, particularly if we’ve had a tough day.

“An example of this is having a drink or two at home after work as a way to unwind from stress - in this scenario, the brain has decided that stress is ‘bad’ for us, and that alcohol, because it apparently relieves stress, ‘is good’.”

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Published August 02, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 02, 2011 at 9:35 am)

Alcohol the favourite way to unwind

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