New research shows that some employees drink more alcohol when they retire.
Researchers followed 5,800 employees that retired between 2000 and 2011 and answered a questionnaire about how much alcohol they drank before and after retiring. The study was published March 3 in the journal Addiction.
About 12 percent of retirees increased their risky drinking when they retired. This increase was more common in smokers, men, depressed employees, and those who worked in a metropolitan area. Lead researcher Docent Jaana Halonen said these are known risk factors for abusing alcohol.
About 81 percent of the participants continued to drink a healthy amount and seven percent drank less after retiring.
Retirement involves much more free time, which has the potential for positive or negative effects on a person’s health, according to Academy Research Fellow Docent Sari Stenholm.