SEOUL, June 9 (Korea Bizwire) – A recent survey says many single women in Korea seek alcohol as their stress reliever.
According to the study conducted by Seoul National University’s College of Nursing, out of 1,700 unmarried women aged 19 or older, 38 percent stated that they experience a high level of stress in their daily lives, and 13.5 percent even responded that they had suffered from depression for two consecutive weeks over the past year.
The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), developed by the World Health Organization, is used to determine a “drinking score” based on the frequency and amount of drinking, high-risk drinking frequency. and self-control.
Single women who experience stress and depression had relatively higher scores than those who had lower stress levels. Anyone with an AUDIT score of 8 or higher is considered to have an at-risk drinking habit.
The AUDIT score of single women with a high level of stress was 6.9 points, while those with lower level of stress scored 5.65 points.
For single women suffering from depression, the average score was 7.81 points, which was two points higher than their less depressed companions.
“The study showed that single women are struggling with stress and depression, and they cope with these problems by relying on drinking,” said researcher Kim Hyo-jung from SNU’s College of Nursing.
The study was published in the latest issue of ‘Perspectives in Nursing Science’, an academic journal published by the Seoul National University Research Institute of Nursing Science.
By Nonnie Kim (email@example.com)