Long-Term Unemployment Might Drive You To Binge Drink
6:00 pm, August 15th | by Laura Donovan
If there’s any benefit to unemployment, it’s being able to sleep off hangovers and not have to show up to work in a pukey state. But that’s not all that great an upside anyway, since a new study has found a link between binge drinking and unemployment in women.
The study, which will be published in the November issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, explains how frequent binge drinking is a productivity killer and can present problems for unemployed women searching for new opportunities. One of the researchers said of the findings:
“Problem drinking while employed could impact on your ability to perform work tasks, due to hang-overs, health problems caused by drinking, frequent absences, or actual ‘drunk working’…Employers are also likely to not choose people who lack references from a former employer, who have extensive absence records from their previous employment, or frequent job changes/periods of unemployment.”
Sounds like an altered version of Fat Bastard’s famous “Austin Powers” line: “I drink because I’m unemployed, and I’m unemployed because I drink.” Well, I’ll drink to that…