Professional women drink double alcohol amounts
Professional women drink twice as much than those in manual jobs, reflectig a ‘Sex and the City’ culture, it has been warned.The Chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance group, said some women used alcohol to cope with daily stresses of balancing work and a family life.
Women in highflying careers, such as managers in large companies, drink a bottle of wine a week on average, around 11.2 units, compared with 6.2 units for female hairdressers, cleaners and factory workers.
Diane Abbott, Shadow Public Health Minister, says new alcohol figures lift the lid on some of the problems around the ‘cocktail and business card culture’:
She said: ‘It is good that more women are out in the workforce and are enjoying social life in pubs and bars. But these disturbingly high figures reveal women’s drinking patterns have changed in a generation, reflecting a silent, middle class epidemic. The problem is not just young “ladettes”.
“These figures reflect the rise of the British ‘Margarita culture’, and some of the surrounding problems.”
“And the easy availability and low price of supermarket booze have led to more housewives to drink to excess at home.”
Prof Sir Ian Gilmore, chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance group, said some women used alcohol to cope with daily stresses of balancing work and a family life.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in 2010 women in professional and managerial positions consumed an average of 9.2 units a week compared with 6.2 units a week for women in routine and manual jobs.
Sir Ian said: “While alcohol may help people to reduce stress when used occasionally, if its used regularly as a stress buster there is areal risk of it leading to dependence.”
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