A new study suggests that while women cope with stress by filling their stomachs, men are more likely to do so by emptying their tanks – so to speak.

The research, conducted at University College London, found that while many anxiety-ridden women turn to food for comfort, men are more likely to seek out sex or pornography to ease their angst.

“For men, having sex is probably about dissociating from whatever troubles they are having at that particular time – it is escapism,” said lead researcher Dr. John Barry.

"There are endorphins released during sex, so it provides a pleasurable feeling, which can act as a type of medication. It could be that men… naturally have a higher libido so they fall back on this behavior to cope.”

The research, which was recently presented at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology, surveyed 115 men and 250 women and found that 27 per cent of men chose sexual release as a method of relaxation compared to only 11 per cent of women.

More than half of the women who participated in the study said they eat to calm their anxieties, while less than a third of the male participants did the same.

We recommend therapy as a good gender-neutral option, although we can’t deny the bait of a good binge – whatever your vice.   

h/t Evening Standard.