Hospitality recruiter The Change Group has surveyed 246 people working in London’s top hospitality businesses, and found 8 out of 10 said they had experienced stress at work, and 23% cited smoking and 22% alcohol as the main routes to relieving that stress. 12% relieve stress with exercise, 9% sleep and 4% see friends, 2% eat and 15% will just do nothing.

Key factors affecting stress in hospitality were long and anti-social hours (45% of respondents), demanding employers (19%) and kitchen culture (18%). More than one-third said they had previously left a job to find a better work-life balance.

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