Back-to-work fear could be New Year hang­over

The Daily Telegraph - - Front page - By Laura Don­nelly Health ed­i­tor

IF YOU’RE dread­ing re­turn­ing to work after en­joy­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties, the job may not be the prob­lem, ex­perts say.

Those feel­ing anx­ious and ir­ri­ta­ble about their first day back in the of­fice may ac­tu­ally be suf­fer­ing from symp­toms of al­co­hol with­drawal. Dr Mark Wright, a con­sul­tant in liver medicine at Univer­sity Hospi­tal Southamp­ton, said thou­sands of peo­ple will at­tribute such feel­ings to “work dread”.

But he said many of those who had en­joyed a boozy Christ­mas and New Year, were ac­tu­ally likely to be fac­ing al­co­hol with­drawal as they at­tempted to get back to a reg­u­lar rou­tine.

“Peo­ple will now be feel­ing anx­ious about their re­turn to work. But the cause for many will be al­co­hol with­drawal symp­toms fol­low­ing sus­tained heavy drink­ing,” he said. He added peo­ple should think about “scal­ing back” their al­co­hol in­take, in­crease wa­ter in­take and taking days off al­co­hol.

A study in the jour­nal Ad­dic­tion sug­gests al­most one in three peo­ple ad­mit­ted to UK hos­pi­tals use al­co­hol harm­fully or are de­pen­dent on it.

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