Fake Smiling At Work Can Lead To Drinking More Alcohol

A recent study has found that employees who fake smiles tend to drink more

A recent study by researchers at Penn State and the University of Buffalo has found that employees who fake smiles at work have a tendency to drink more alcohol.

The research focused on the drinking habits of 3,000 employees whose jobs required a heavy amount of emotional labour, such as those in the food service industry, nursing, and teaching.

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For any teacher who needs to spend 6 hours a day with children, it’s probably not just the fake smiles that lead them to drinking.

But don’t worry, the heavy drinking usually occurred after work hours. So, your nurse is not likely to be hammered while inserting that catheter… probably.

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The study states that it’s not just faking smiling that can lead to higher levels of alcohol consumption. It also found that employees whose jobs require “effortfully amplifying, faking, and suppressing emotional expressions (i.e., surface acting)—predicts alcohol consumption.”

Employees who deal with customers, such as in retail, tend to drink the highest levels of alcohol. The study’s co-author Alicia Grandey believes this is because it’s often younger people who fill these positions, and they usually lack self-control.

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“There's also often money tied to showing positive emotions and holding back negative feelings. Money gives you a motivation to override your natural tendencies, but doing it all day can be wearing,” Grandey said.

No word yet if Bacardi Breezers are the go-to drink for those whose jobs aren’t exactly a breeze. And for those who want to walk off the job, maybe a Johnny Walker.