Each year the Office for National Statistics publishes the Lifestyle Survey, a report which details the habits of adults in the UK.
After analysing the 2009 survey, researchers found that the average weekly consumption for managers was 13.5 units compared with 10.7 units for those in manual jobs.
Though current recommendations state that men should not exceed three to four units and women should not exceed two to three, around 41 per cent of male managers and 35 per cent of females managers exceeded these recommendations on at least one day in the week before taking part in the survey.
Individuals were also asked about heavy drinking (more than eight units for men and six for women), and found that 23 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women in managerial households had consumed this amount of alcohol on at least one day in the week before the survey.
Chief Executive of the charity Drinkaware, Chris Sorek has said that heavy drinking among professionals has now become a cultural problem. “While there continues to be a strong culture of drinking as part of professional roles it’s not surprising to see managers drinking more than manual workers. Meetings and get-togethers are all situations where professionals may feel under pressure to drink. We also know many de-stress with a drink at home after a long working day.” He said.
If you are concerned about the level of alcohol you are consuming on a regular basis than it is important you visit your GP who will be able to provide you with professional advice. An avenue which is recommended to many is that of counselling, which has been used as a method of dealing with alcohol dependency for many years. If you would like to find out more about how how counselling for alcohol dependency could benefit you then please refer to our online fact-sheet.
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