A third admit Christmas boozing might impact their job


Our exclusive survey reveals the impact that social Christmas boozing has in the workplace

During this year’s Christmas party season two in three London professionals plan to come to work hungover, our exclusive survey can reveal.  

LondonlovesBusiness.com research of 500 middle managers shows Londoners want to hit it hard this season, with 39 per cent admitting their boozing might impact on how well they do their job.

Our findings come just one week after we published new evidence revealing the dangerous new drug trends sweeping through the city, and that one in ten professionals take illegal drugs at work.

This latest raft findings confirm London is still a boozy capital, 17 per cent say they will be suffering the after effects of alcohol on at least three days of their working week.

Three quarters of the women polled say their company drinks socially. Overall, 35 per cent say either their firm has a “strong drinking culture” or that we “often drink together”.

When questioned on how often they get drunk with their colleagues, nearly a tenth of women (9 per cent) admit to doing so at least once a week or more. However, almost a third of respondents say they only get drunk at special occasions such as Christmas parties.

The findings prove London still has a strong affection for the foaming tankard, despite the gradual demise of the hard drinking culture which dominated City culture in the post-War period.

Rafael Ferreira, originally from Brazil and manager at Soho pub The Coach and Horses says that on Friday nights the pub takes an extra £1,500 during November and December. Lunchtimes are also considerably busier too.

The pub became famous as the haunt of legendary boozer and Spectator columnist Jeffrey Bernard, and is still synonymous with the capital’s old hard drinking work culture. Asked whether the pub still lived up to his Bernard’s reputation Ferreira answered “yes, definitely”.

Interestingly he hasn’t noticed workers boozing more particularly but just a lot more of them coming in.

How does the drinking culture compare with his native Brazil? “They drink much, much more here than back in Brazil. I’ve lived in Spain and Italy too, they don’t drink anywhere near as much there either.”

Alcohol was a major talking-point of the last mayoral election in the capital, with transport chief Bob Kiley, paid £737,000, confessing his alcoholism, and Ken Livingstone being forced to admit drinking whisky while answering questions from the general public. He defended his actions, insisting that he drank whisky as a tonic for his bronchitis.

Boris on the other hand is a light drinker, and, according to a recent biography by Sonia Purnell, rarely frequents pubs.