Work Hours Associated With Nurses’ Drinking
Making an immensely strange and interesting disclosure, a recently conducted study, which was carried out by a team of researchers from the Queensland University and the Otago University Christchurch, has revealed that long working hours are strictly associated with damaging alcohol use among nurses in New Zealand, as shown by a trans-Tasman study.
During the course of the study, whose reports have been made available in the recent edition of the International Journal of Nursing Studies, analyzed as many as 4419 nurses and midwives, counting 867 New Zealand nurses, by making use of a large cohort through a longitudinal population-oriented study that was focused on nurses in New Zealand and Australia. Along with it, the study also took into account midwives in Australia.
However, the survey did not included midwives from New Zealand. The results of the study clearly highlight that midwives as well as nurses who are engaged in working in excess of 40 hours every week are probable to get involved in injurious daily drinking levels, and it has been said that the drinking levels and severity tends to increase with an increase in daily working hours.
While expressing his opinion in this regard, along with mentioning what all harmful consequences can be seen if the drinking limit and working hours of nurses and midwives is not controlled in the nick of time, the lead author of the study, Professor Philip Schluter, said: “Other studies have found that 6-10% of nurses abuse alcohol at any one time and that 10-15% will abuse it at some time during their careers so this result regarding the impact of long working hours and alcohol is significant as it is substantially higher”.
In addition, the study further highlighted the fact that more than 14%of those who participated in the survey had nearly two standard drinks on a daily basis. The study further revealed that midwives and nurses over the age of 60 were more expected of getting engaged in detrimental daily drinking levels.
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