Average drinkers take less sick leaves than non-drinkers, a surprising association has been found between the heavy drinkers and teetotalers.

According to the recent study, referred as ‘U-shaped relationship’ conducted by a team of researchers from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, the groups of people who are completely teetotalers or extremely heavy drinkers are reported to go on less numbers of sick leaves as compared to the group of people who drink less frequently or occasionally.

The study, the findings of which revealed in the journal – Addiction, included more than 40,000 participants to be followed for their alcohol drinking habits and its impacts on their corporate work profile. The participants were the citizens of the United Kingdom, France and Finland, who admitted their commonly consumed amount of alcohol as well the how much days offs or sick leaves they take, while the research validated the information dated from the last 4 to 7 years.

Participants were classified in to a few sets that aligned the totally non drinking people, moderately drinking people and heavy drinkers. study’s leading author and specialized researcher from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Dr. Jenni Ervasti said in a statement that, “Drinking in moderation seems not to be associated with sickness absence.”

“Moreover, participants to whom at-risk drinking causes health problems may be selected out from the labor market, that is, if they retire early or become unemployed,” Dr. Ervasti added. Then, the adverse effects are not seen in absence from work due to illness.”



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