Finnish study: Heavy drinking linked to workplace mental health concerns

A new doctoral dissertation on “Alcohol drinking, health-related functioning and work disability” finds that mental health problems in the workplace such as disability pensions and many cases of sick leave in Finland are related to heavy drinking.

The study by Aino Salonsalmi, MD details three types of alcoholic imbibement: heavy weekly average drinking, binge drinking and problem drinking. All three types are connected with weakened mental and psychological functioning, while only extended problem drinking was found to affect physical functioning.

Heavy drinking is defined as a weekly minimum of 16 standard drinks for women and 24 standard drinks for men.

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