Lunchtime drinking is making a comeback, according to a survey by employment law consultancy Peninsula.
A third of the 1,300 people questioned said they had a lunchtime drink three times a week, while three-quarters admitted to having had a few too many on occasion.
Mike Huss, a senior consultant with Peninsula, said: “Lunchtime drinking is something we thought we had seen the back of, but it appears the lunchtime drink is here to stay.”
The study, reported in the Guardian newspaper, also revealed that there was no gender bias influencing who would be more likely to drink at lunchtime.
Information suggesting a problem with lunchtime drinking was the reason for the study. But the findings were surprising, according to Huss.
“The survey came up with figures which quite frankly astonished us,” he said.