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Work pressures driving teachers to drink

A new survey of Australian primary and high school teachers has uncovered disturbing evidence of the psychological toll the classroom is taking on educators.

The study found nearly 62% met the criteria for moderate to severe anxiety, 18% had symptoms that met the criteria for moderate to severe depression, while 17% abused alcohol to cope.

The report’s author Dr Peta Stapleton from Bond University tells Mark the findings are worrying for both teachers and their students.

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