Suppressing Emotion At Work Leads To Excessive Alcohol Consumption At Home

April 11, 2019

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Those fake smiles and "thank yous" can really add up—especially if you're a spontaneous person. A study found people in public-facing jobs who often force a grin or resist an eye-roll are more likely to drink alcohol in excess when off the clock. Researchers believe those who feel they have to control their emotions at work may 'let loose' when home because faking a grin is 'draining'. Researchers at the University of Buffalo and Penn State reached this conclusion after surveying interviews with 1,592 American workers and asking them how often they faked or suppressed emotions, known as 'surface acting,' and how much they drank after work.  It found those who repress their true emotions while working tend to have less control of alcohol consumption when off the clock. Earlier studies have shown that service workers tend to drink more—which this research confirms—but the new data goes deeper. The relationship between surface acting and drinking after work was stronger for people who are impulsive or who lack personal control over behavior at work. If you're impulsive or constantly told how to do your job, it may be harder to rein in your emotions all day, and when you get home, you don't have that self-control to stop after one drink. Results further revealed people in jobs that require one-on-one time with customers, such as call-center or coffee-shop workers, drink more than those who in education or healthcare. In these jobs, there's also often money tied to showing positive emotions and holding back negative feelings.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail

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