An unseasonably dry month

7 January 2010
Still sifting through the pre-Christmas press releases, I came across one from the insurer RSA. It claims that one in four employees is affected by a “drinking-at-work culture”. A study by YouGov of 3,600 adults in the UK found one-third of men and one in five women are drinking on the job, at lunch, with clients or at work events. In addition, 47 per cent of those surveyed said their drinking had increased over the past 18 months because of increased work-related stress. “The effect on the health of the younger part of the workforce is a serious concern, as is the effect on their quality of work,” the firm points out, rather obviously. January is traditionally a “dry” month for many workers anyway following the festive excess, with many resolving to drink less in the year ahead.
 
But spare a thought for those in Scotland, who, according to this story in the Daily Record, face unanticipated temperance as breweries struggle to deliver supplies to pubs and supermarkets because of the poor weather. But when one lorry carrying 13,000 pints slid off the road, locals formed a human chain to save the beer. Maybe this is the “blitz spirit” the Prime Minister was talking about in his new year’s message?
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