Glaswegians in need of stress relief

The old chestnut about lies, damned lies and statistics rears its head once more this week in a magazine survey claiming that life in Glasgow is more stressful than almost anywhere else in Britain.

Men's Health claims that men in the city are 60 per cent more likely to commit suicide and 40 per cent more likely to smoke than the national average. On top of that, 20 per cent of Glaswegian men described their sex lives as "unsatisfying".

However, a Glasgow City Council spokeswoman branded the findings as "nonsense". She added: "There was an EU survey that came out a few days before this one that found that people from Glasgow are the happiest in Europe."

Joint first in the stress league with Glasgow is deputy prime minister John Prescott's bastion of Hull. Locals suggest that this probably has more to do with ODPM interventions and the scrutiny of the Audit Commission than anything else.

Leeds came bottom of the stress list, apparently because relaxing levels of traffic make the daily commute a less taxing experience. There was good news for the Welsh, with Cardiff and Swansea ranked 19th and 20th least stressful cities respectively.

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