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Work represents the biggest single cause of stress among the UK population, a new study has established.
According to research conducted by mental health charity Mind, stress at work is more prevalent in Britons' lives than other potentially-troublesome issues such as personal finances or health.
This survey - which involved questioning more than 2,000 adults across the country - showed that 34 per cent of individuals cited their job as the biggest reason for them feeling under pressure.
In comparison, just 30 per cent said debt does the same, while 17 per cent indicated their personal health is the main driver behind them being anxious.
The issue of stress at work is having a negative effect on both the physical and mental wellbeing of professionals, with more than half (57 per cent) of respondents saying they turn to alcohol after work to relieve the pressure.
Meanwhile, 14 per cent even admitted drinking during the working day in order to help them cope with the stress and strain of their day-to-day duties.
In addition, 28 per cent said they smoked to deal with the pressure, while 16 per cent take over-the-counter sleeping aids and 15 per cent use anti-depressants.
Despite the widespread nature of stress at work being problematic for a large number of employees, many individuals are still reluctant to tell their boss about their mental health issues.
For instance, even though 19 per cent of the people questioned have taken a day off sick because of stress, 90 per cent revealed they had lied about their reason for being absent.
Nearly one-in-ten Britons (nine per cent) have even considered resigning from their job due to the stress attached to it.
Chief executive of Mind Paul Farmer said such figures prove that work-related mental illness is now "an issue too important for businesses to ignore", meaning bosses should be equipped with the requisite skills to help sufferers deal with their problem.
"Right now, one in six workers is experiencing depression, stress or anxiety and yet our survey tells us that most managers don’t feel they have had enough training or guidance to support them," he added.
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