Honchos beware, you may be drinking more

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London, Jan 23 (UNI) If you are a corporate honcho or holding a high position in your organisation, chances are that you may be drinking more than average amounts of alcohol.

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, a new research claims.

Men holding the highest positions drink an average of almost 23 units a week-- more than 11 medium (175ml) glasses of wine, it showed.

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.

Doctors, lawyers, accountants and other professionals were also knocking back above average amounts of alcohol-- 20 units a week-- according to figures from the British Office of National Statistics (ONS) released yesterday, the Independent reported.

The statistics also revealed that men are likely to drink twice as much as women.

The ONS said home was the most popular place for people to drink, with half of the population having drunk there in the past week.

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