A new study conducted for the charity Drinkaware has said that more people have taken to alcohol in the last six months to forget the ill effects of recession.
At least one in 10 individuals who were sacked or knew someone who was made redundant have taken to drink in the last six months. "Losing your job is recognised as one of the top ten most stressful life events, and many people are turning to alcohol as a coping mechanism," said Chris Sorek, chief executive officer of Drinkaware.
However he cautioned that because alcohol is a depressant, it can lead to further stress and anxiety, which could make the effects of redundancy much worse. The survey of 2,253 people found that 70% confessed redundancy was the main factor for their taking to the bottle.
The charity has launched a booklet called "Made redundant?" to give people a better grip on the circumstances. The free booklet can be procured from GP surgeries, Jobcentre Plus and recruitment agencies.