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How an affair affects your physical and mental health

Christmas is traditionally a time for kisses under the mistletoe – but what about when the person wielding the mistletoe is already in a committed relationship? Given the presence of alcohol, and the absence of a person’s significant other, the work Christmas party is a notorious breeding ground for affairs.

A study by Ashley Madison, the dating website for married people, found that nearly half the members polled had had an affair with a co-worker. Among these cheaters, the majority said they’d had their first encounter at an office Christmas party. In another survey of 1000 Britons, 43% of people said they’d seen someone cheat on their partner in this setting.

As Peter Saddington, a relationship counselor at Relate, explains, there are several reasons why affairs are so common at Christmastime.

Read the rest of this article at Patient as part of its Christmas sexual health campaign

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