The More You Succeed, The More You Drink: study
A recent survey in the UK suggests that fat cat execs are living large and drinking hard. Well, harder than the rest of us.
Chief executives of big companies and public sector organisations are coping with their stressful positions by drinking the equivalent of almost three bottles of wine a week, new research shows.
Men holding the highest positions drink an average of almost 23 units a week – more than 11 medium (175ml) glasses of wine.
Their consumption exceeds the total recommended weekly limit for alcohol of 21 units and suggests many businessmen and managers may suffer ill health as a result.
In an attempt to discourage binge drinking, the Government advises women to drink no more than two units a day and men three units a day. A 175ml glass of wine counts as two units and a 250ml glass three units.
Four in 10 men and a third of women exceeded the daily limits at least once a week.
Home was the most popular place for people to drink, with half of the population having drunk there in the past week.
Frank Soodeen, of Alcohol Concern, said: "Over the last 20 years middle-class families particularly have moved alcohol from the fringe of their lives to the centre of it. Because it so available they are drinking almost on a daily basis."