A study has found that almost 60 per cent of adult are drinking alcohol to cope with stress.
The study examined the drinking patterns of people in the UK between the ages of 18 and 75 and found that the stress of everyday life was driving people to drink.
The study was conducted by Drinkaware and assessed over 6000 adults over a few weeks between March and April last year.
Of those questioned, 38 per cent of people both male and female said they drink alcohol to forget their problems. Almost half of those in the study revealed they drank to cheer themselves up.
If we understand why people drink, we can better understand problem drinking and help tackle it.