Survey Finds One In Ten Brits Close To Breaking Point

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6th November 2013 12:53 - Health

New research carried out by Bupa has revealed that a tenth (10%) of Britons are close to breaking point due to stress. The study of 10,000 people found that just under half (44%) claimed they were stressed with a third (27%) of these people admitting they are often close to breaking point. Half (50%) of those aged 45 to 54 were found to be the most stressed with almost a third saying they have been stressed for more than a year which suggests that stress is a chronic problem.

The findings also reveal that women are more likely to say they are stressed than men, with half (49%) of women admitting this compared to two fifths (39%) of men. The study went on to suggest that money worries are the main cause of stress, followed by work, family life and living with a long term illness. Worryingly a high per cent of both men and women (30% v 22%) say they turn to alcohol to help them deal with stress with sixty one per cent saying they would only seek help if they were no longer able to cope with daily life.

Medical director at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Martin Baggaley, commented:

“It’s concerning to see that so many people are experiencing sustained and relentless stress. If left unchecked for a prolonged period of time, stress can cause much more serious, long-term mental and physical illnesses such as anxiety and depression, and be a contributing factor in health problems such as heart disease and even obesity….it’s important that people realise that stress is not just something that you have to put up with”.

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