A US study has found that the mortality rate surges in the week following pay-day… with a large number of deaths resulting from car accidents and substance abuse, presumably as people get out and about spending their wages.
“What surprised us was how broad-based the phenomenon was,” says Evans. “We found increased mortality after payday for the young and old, low and higher income groups, for married and single individuals. The increase in short-run mortality also occurs for a large number of causes of death. The effect was particularly pronounced for car accidents, heart attacks and especially substance abuse,” according to Evans.