Dr. Gabor Mate, who is the keynote speaker at Lifering’s 2013 annual convention or Congress, discusses stress and addiction issues on Democracy Now. It’s a full hour of compilation of three interviews from 2010.
Here is the link to the program should the video not load.
It should be of no surprise to anybody that people who are unemployed, especially for longer periods, struggle with drinking. However, according to Live Science, a new study shows that people who have jobs are also more likely to drink problematically, including binge drinking and driving while intoxicated, during recessionary times. A possible explainer:
“The way we explain this, is even though employed individuals have a job, they could be affected psychologically (e.g., fear of losing their job) from an economic downturn, leading them to have more drinking days and driving under the influence episodes as the state-level unemployment rate increases,” French said.
So, if you are sober, even if you have plenty of time being sober, if you have any worries about your job, your career field, etc., the obvious advice is: Be open about your fears, talk to others, be proactive with sobriety support.