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WORKERS in the North East are most likely to use alcohol to relieve job-related stress, according to a new survey.

Four out of 10 people in the region said they felt more pressure at work during the economic downturn, with 40 per cent also saying they have a drink to help ease the stress – the highest figure in the country.

The study, by charity Nuffield Health, found that 14 per cent of North East workers are putting in longer hours and 12 per cent are having to work weekends.

However, the survey also showed that staff in the region are the least likely to work unpaid overtime.

 Marcus Powell, of Nuffield Health, said: “This study shows workers in the North East are feeling more stressed, often caused by work, and have less time for their loved ones.”