Worries about work and money are causing one-third of Americans to suffer from extreme stress, which is causing them to overeat, drink, and smoke. The survey, conducted by the American Psychological Association, found
that nearly half of the people questioned believe their stress levels have increased in the past five years. All this added stress is taking a toll on their personal relationships, work productivity and health.
- 73% of people blame work and money as the main sources of stress in their lives. (Other reasons given include workload, children, low salaries and a lack of opportunity.)
- The affects of stress include headaches, fatigue, muscle tension, anxiety, irritability and lack of sleep.
- 35% of people admitted to having difficulty balancing family and work responsibilities.
- 55% said stress had caused friction in relationships with family and friends.
- 17% drink too much when stressed.
- 66% of smokers said their cigarette quota increased on tough days.
- 43% said they found comfort in overeating, especially junk food.