October 29, 2014

Women’s stress, substance use, rise with divorce

Getting divorced is no doubt a stressful time, but a recent Gallup poll has found that women see a greater jump in stress after divorce, and are more likely to use drugs and alcohol to calm themselves.

The poll found that nearly 30 percent of divorced women report using alcohol or drugs nearly every day to help them relaxed, compared to about 17 percent in the general population.

About 40 percent of the population said that they experienced stress much of the day, but this jumped to 45 percent of separated men and 56 percent of separated women.

Overall, married adults, especially women, were found to have higher levels of wellbeing. The poll hypothesized that having someone to share financial responsibilities and day to day problems resulted in reduced stress and higher wellbeing for married individuals.


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