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Builders are among Britain's biggest boozers

Boozy builders are among the nation’s worst professions for drinking to relieve work stress, according to an official report.

A survey for the Government’s Know Your Limits campaign found that 48 per cent of construction employees had turned to alcohol to release stress after work. Almost a third did so at least once a week.

A quarter of workers in the sector reported feeling pressurised to drink with their work colleagues.

The YouGov survey of almost 1,400 alcohol-drinking workers in England found that teachers were among the most prone to use booze to unwind after a stressful day – along with builders, bankers, estate agents – and, yes, journalists.

Trade body the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, which is backing the Know Your Limits campaign, warned workers to keep an eye on their alcohol intake.

Senior public policy adviser Ben Willmott said: “This survey illustrates how work colleagues can influence how much we drink, even when we want to cut back.

“After-work drinks are often part of the fabric of many of our working lives, and it’s often tempting to just go along with the crowd, even when you know your body needs a rest.

“It seems some industries are particularly prone to this effect - especially those where entertaining clients or colleagues goes hand in hand with a drink.

“The key is to try to keep an eye on just how much you’re drinking, and if you realise you are regularly drinking above the recommended daily limits, think about what that might mean for both your health and your professional reputation.”