Sooner or later I knew the truth would finally emerge. Now we know. Working too much will kill ya.
A study in England, of all places, discovered that office workers who toiled more than 11 hours a day were almost 70 percent more likely to have heart disease than those who logged seven or eight hours.
Doctors made the “no s**t” link for the higher likelihood due to workers not having enough time to exercise, having more stress and drinking pints and smoking ciggies like there was no tomorrow. No pun intended.
Of course, the vast majority of those studied where white men. It’s always the white man isn’t it? It makes you want to pull a John Howard Griffin and go “Black Like Me.“ I suppose I have a little darkness on my side though. A black suite mate at my Navy service school in Meridian, Miss., upon hearing some of my Edgar Winter’s White Trash “really white blues” records, said that I “had a little n*****r in me.” That was the 70s, I didn’t give the comment a second thought except to laugh. Today, that sort of remark would touch off a national summit on the state of race in America.
“Blah, blah, blah … this is just a start … we’re not sure … we were lying our asses off … ” This genre of news story always makes sure to warn you as if you were looking at the fine print for some pharmaceutical advertisement. ” … might cause a condition known as “hot dog finger. … “
Those type of stories are enough to give you heart disease, or at least heartburn. But yeah, I think anything that makes the case that too much work is bad for you is good.