Young workers stressed by downturn
Posted Mon, 06 Feb 2012
The younger generation of workers feel isolated, anxious and are seeing their weight change as a result of the economic crisis.
That is according to a poll for website Patient.co.uk, which found 43% of those aged 18 to 24 feel stressed by the downturn. Some 46% of this age group can no longer afford to go out socially, compared to 34% of the general population, and one in eight feels lonelier as a result of the crisis.
Money worries are also affecting youngsters' weight - 57% have gained or lost weight. Some 37% say they have put on the pounds and 20% say they have lost them, with one in eight (13%) blaming this on economic worries.
And in a bid to escape from their worries, 24% of under-25s are consuming alcohol more heavily since the downturn began.
Younger workers appear to be feeling hardest hit - only a third of the general population feels stressed by the downturn. Patient.co.uk also reveals searches for "depression" on its website have doubled in the last two years.
Copyright Press Association 2012