Stress, anxiety, loneliness and homesickness coupled with the ever present bar or pub are just a few key factors which cause some business travelers and expats alike to develop alcoholism. As someone who has extensively traveled for both work and pleasure throughout the world, I can fully attest to the reality of these pressures.
The Risky Side of Traveling Business Assignments
Traveling for business, be it for short or long term, is not as great as it may seem. Let’s face it, going across the continent on extended flights means achy muscles, swollen ankles and jet lag. If you’re in a new environment where the local language is completely foreign to you, you’ll encounter a real life “Lost in Translation” experience. And of course, if you have a family back home, mixed emotions of loneliness, sadness or guilt may likely occur.
That’s just the basics; there is also the pressure of the business assignment at hand, deadlines, meetings and important tasks that must be carried out.
Apart from the obvious, business travel typically includes dinners with an unlimited supply of drinks where contracts are negotiated and relationships are strengthened. Saying “no” to a bottle of wine provided by the head boss is most likely not a wise move. Back at the hotel, you get to help yourself to the in-room mini bar or head downstairs to the lobby bar for exclusive cocktails.
If this combination of intense pressures and stress goes ignored, it can create an unbalanced mind and body which may lead to alcohol abuse and addiction.