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The Worst Offenders At Binge Drinking: The Countdown


Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 The Worst Offenders At Binge Drinking: The Countdown

Following a report by Tom Peck of the Independent (25/05/09), the Department of Health (DOH) is running with the argument that those employed within media, publishing and entertainment. Fundamentally, it is understood that on an average week, 44 units are consumed. This equates to twice the recommended amount of units of 3-4 units for men and 2-3 for women.

YouGov carried out the research on behalf of the DOH, over 1,400 were interviewed.

IT workers do not appear to fair to much better, consuming in excess of 34 units per average week. In addition and crucially, it has been estimated that approximately 29% of IT workers argue that they feel pressurised into going for a drink from their colleagues.

It has been suggested that both drivers and the teaching professions are the more responsible drinkers in that they are far more likely to monitor their consumption to 24 units per week.

Observing the financial sectors such as insurance and estate agents consumed an average of 29 units per week, an explanation has been offered for this group, it has been suggested as a consequence of the economic slowdown, there has also been a slow down in the Champagne department.

In relation to our Members of Parliament, Dawn Primarolo, the Public Health Minister, says, “After-work drinks are often part of working life. It’s tempting to just go for ‘a swift one’, even when you know your body needs a rest. But, one can quickly turn into many.” Essentially, no indication for the figure was offered.

In addition, it has also been established that doctors are demanding clearer ad more concise labelling on alcoholic drinks, thus this will allow a better understanding of what is being consumed at any given one time.

Figures from the National Office of Statistics have indicated that binge drinking has become so prevalent amid middle-class workers. Such is the extent of the problem; other statistics from the DOH in February indicated that the number of liver transplants has risen by 61% as a direct result of alcohol misuse in 1994.

On a positive note, sales of none and low-alcohol beers have increased by 10%.

The Drinkaware Trusts chief executive, Chris Sorek, has advocated having a two alcohol-free days a week and doing regular exercise to reduce the “combat stress” of office life.

Moreover, some practical advice is offered which goes as follows:

From the point of view of the industry any individual works in, there are alternatives to drinking alcohol when out with your colleagues, for example order a non-alcoholic drink. In addition you could try a different activity such as bowling, forward planning is key.

Drinkaware also suggest that if you find it difficult to be with your colleagues and not staying sober, then there is an alternative, complete other activities after work to reduce your levels of exposure to alcohol. This will inevitably ‘encourage you not to follow them to the pub’.

Practical tips like booking the cinema in advance are useful as screenings usually start after 6pm.

If you carry out your shopping after work this will ensure you can make the most of your weekends.

Try something new and be creative, there is something for everyone.

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