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Teachers turning to drink and antidepressants.

Teachers turning to drink and antidepressants.

Teachers are turning to drink and antidepressants in a bid to deal with the stress and workload of the job, a poll has shown. A consultation of nearly 5,000 teachers revealed that more than a fifth – 22 per cent – had turned to alcohol to help them cope with their work, while over one in 10 – 11 per cent – said they relied on antidepressants. The questionnaire, conducted by the NASUWT, comes as the union’s members voted to explore the possibility of holding national days of strike action, as well as continuous rolling, regional strikes in opposition to excessive workloads.

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