Study finds fake smiling at work could lead to heavier drinking

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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 22: Casa Noble bottles and cocktail at the 2018 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation)

Does fake smiling at your coworkers wear you down? It turns out, you’re not alone! A new study found that people who find themselves forcing a smile at work are more likely to drink heavily after hours.

The study from researchers at Penn State and the University of Buffalo, scrutinized the drinking habits of more than 1,500 people who work specifically with the public, including food service workers, nurses, and teachers.

According to researchers, the more employees had to fake a smile or exaggerate happy emotions, or the opposite, suppressive negative ones like holding off on the eye rolls, the less likely they were able to control their alcohol intake once they punched out.

The researchers’ conclusion? Employers, take it easy on your employees.

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