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Stressed Britons risking health

The nation's stress levels are on the increase as Britons are risking their health by turning to sugary food, takeaways and alcohol to help cope with modern life, according to a new survey.

Of the 5,000 questioned in a survey for the British Acupuncture Council (BAC), 33% said they resorted to comfort eating when stressed, 24% said they drank alcohol and, as a result, 20% said they had put on weight.

The top reason blamed for feeling burnt out was a lack of time, according to 41% of those questioned in the study, which marks Acupuncture Awareness Week (March 2-8).

Another 25% thought it was because they felt like they wanted to have it all and 24% said they had difficulty switching off from work.

Tamzin Freeman, of the BAC, suggested that traditional acupuncture may be "a positive step for anyone wanting to get their stress levels back under control".

She said: "Stress can make it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle but reaching for your favourite foods or treating yourself to that bottle of wine after a hectic day may make you feel better in the short term but it won't tackle the root cause of the problem."


From Belfast Telegraph