Moderate Drinkers Less Likely to Miss Work than Heavy and Non-Drinkers – A Study


Study says moderate drinkers are less likely to report sick or miss work.

A recently published Finnish study revealed that people who like to take a little nip from the bottle are less likely to miss work compared to non-drinkers or heavy drinkers. The team behind the study declared that the results are limited since it relied on self-reporting.

Moderate Drinkers – Less Sickness Absences, Study Found

The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health recently published a study focused on drinking habits. The purpose of the paper was to uncover a link between alcohol consumption and work quality.

For the purpose of the study, the team interviewed 47,000 Europeans. The questionnaire contained items related to weekly alcohol consumption, number of sick days taken in the last four to seven years, and how often they’ve missed work.

Although most would expect drinkers to miss work or to take more sick day compared to more drinkers, the results proved otherwise.

According to the team, moderate drinkers, meaning women consumed one to 11 units of alcohol per week (a unit is roughly 8 grams) or men who had between one to 34 units per week were less likely to take days off on account of being sick or to miss work compared to teetotalers and heavy drinkers.

The team also noted that in terms of sick days and missed works, there’s no statistical difference between non-drinkers and heavy drinkers.


One explanation would be that non-drinkers might be compelled to miss work or take a sick day because they are more prone to disease. On the other hand, heavy drinkers could report sick or never show up for work due to poisoning.

Jenni Ervasti, the study’s lead author, declared that the results should be taken with a grain of salt. The study has its limitation – it was based on self-reporting and limited to Europe.

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