Long Work Hours Linked to Risky Alcohol Use

Findings in a recent study suggest that employees who work more than 48 hours a week are more likely to consume alcohol at levels that pose a health risk. The Finnish study, which was recently published in the medical journal and online publication BMJ, was conducted to quantify the association between long working hours and alcohol use. Specifically, researchers found that those who worked 49-54 hours each week were 13% more likely to engage in risky drinking compared with those who worked 35-40 hours each week; similarly, those who worked 55 hours a week or more were 12% more likely. The association is troubling for lawyers, who are known for long work weeks and late nights.

Read the full study here.

Read coverage of the study from NPR, Medical News Today, and the ABA Journal.

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