Teetotallers off sick more?

Those who drink in moderation take less time off work

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Alcohol consumption and workplace absenteeism: The moderating effect of social support

Abstract

Although it is commonly assumed that alcohol consumption has a significant impact on employee absenteeism, the nature of the alcohol-absence relationship remains poorly understood. Proposing that alcohol impairment likely serves as a key mechanism linking drinking and work absence, we posit that this relationship is likely governed less by the amount of alcohol consumed, and more by the way it is consumed.

Using a prospective study design and a random sample of urban transit workers, our results indicate that the frequency of heavy episodic drinking over the previous month is positively associated with the number of days of absence recorded in the subsequent 12 month period, whereas modal consumption (a metric capturing the typical amount of alcohol consumed in a given period of time) is not.

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Not drinking alcohol linked to taking more sick leave than moderate drinking

"Moderate tipplers have the best health and are less likely to miss work through illness," reports the Mail Online.

A study of 47,520 people from Britain, Finland and France found those who drank alcohol in moderation were less likely than teetotallers to take sickness absence for a range of illnesses.

But the results don't mean that drinking alcohol makes you healthier.

One obvious explanation may be that people with some health problems avoid alcohol because it makes their condition worse, or because they're on treatments that can't be taken with alcohol.

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