Robots have driven American workers to alcoholism and mental health problems

Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh found that Americans who are helped by industrial robots are less

suffer from physical injuries, but more from mental problems. Such cooperation leads to poor mental health and drug or alcohol abuse.

“On the one hand, robots can performsome of the most strenuous, physically intense and risky tasks, reducing the risk to workers. On the other hand, competition with machines increases the pressure on workers who may lose their earnings or have to retrain, ”the authors of the study note.

The study used data from workersplaces and organizations about work injuries in the United States. The goal is to show that the increase in the impact of robots in a given regional labor market leads to a decrease in the annual occupational injury rate. Overall, it fell by 1.2 cases per 100 workers.

However, in areas of the US where more people worktogether with robots, 37.8 cases per 100,000 people were recorded in connection with deaths from drugs or alcohol. There has also been an increase in mental health problems.

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