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British media heaviest boozers

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 3:04 pm in Corkheads.

Who drinks more? Accountants or real estate agents?

In England, it’s media workers who toss back more alcohol than any other profession. They consume the equivalent of more than four bottles of wine or more than 19 pints of beer a week, according to government research published in The Guardian.

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People in the profession drink an average of 44 units a week, around double the recommended limit, a Department of Health survey finds.

The story goes on to say that media workers are the biggest consumers of wine in particular, drinking on average one and a half bottles a week.

I don’t think journalists drink more than anyone else in the country. Honestly, there aren’t enough of us in the biz anymore to even quantify a stat like that.

I entered the journalism field too late (post 1980s) to be privy to its alcoholic tendencies. My colleague’s rush to Jamba Juice or Starbucks for a deadline fix, not the local watering hole.

But I do remember hearing crazy stories at my first paper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, that news assistants used to go fetch certain editors at the bar down the street when stories were ready to be edited.

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