spiritsNEWS November 2016

Moderate drinkers enjoy better employment prospects and better wages compared with heavy drinkers & abstainers

On 23 November 2016, OECD published the new edition of Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 which presents the key indicators of health and health systems in the 28 EU countries (plus 5 candidate countries to the EU & 3 EFTA countries).

It is reassuring to read from the report that moderate drinkers tend to be more likely employed; are less absent from work, have higher wages, live in better health and have a higher life satisfaction compared to heavy drinkers and abstainers.  This is fully in line with most people experience is real life.

The report provides a balanced representation of alcohol use among children, highlighting the recent declining trends in most EU Member States (see summaries of HBSC and ESPAD reports published in 2016).

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