SuccesS Causes Drinking?

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, new research shows.
The more successful you are, the more you drink
Men holding the highest positions drink an average of almost 23 units a week – more than 11 medium (175ml) glasses of wine.

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.

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

I’ll have sweet red wine please……..Mmmmmmmmmm.

Seems like it’s all about the “stress” eh.
Stress sets in motion our adaptive responses. The body gathers together its forces to confront a threat and, more often than not, – does a good job of protecting us.

When we are exposed to stress, it disturbs the body’s internal balance , otherwise known as “homeostasis”.
When the stressful trigger is over, the body can regain its normal equilibrium. It can, however, become stuck in an overly aroused or under-aroused state.
Our immune systems are controlled by our nervous system. By circulating hormones, chronic stress suppresses the ability of our immune system to do its job.

Soooooo…….How do you deal with stress?
By reaching for a beer, a piece of chocolate, a cigarette?
Do you do a run, take a walk, head to the gym and pump some iron?

If the more successful you are, the more you drink………………… all that “success” really worth it in the end?..Hmmm.

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
Ernest Hemingway

The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity.

If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim.
Jackson Brown, Jr.

One reason I don’t drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.
Lady Astor

Your body is a temple, but keep the spirits on the outside. drunkani.gif

It takes 8,460 bolts to assemble an automobile, and one nut to scatter it all over the road.

What say y’all sweet friends.
Do you drink when your’e stressed out?

Do you think it’s the stress of success causing the drinking…….or perhaps something entirely different……….

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32 Responses to “SuccesS Causes Drinking?”

  1. Seane-Anna says:

    I get to write the first comment again! Woohoo! But seriously, I’ve never understood the appeal of intoxication whether from alcohol or drugs. I’ve NEVER been intoxicated in my life, a fact of which I am IMMENSELY proud. I’m not against other people’s social drinking but that, too, is incomprehensible to me. Why drink at all? Why do drugs? What’s the purpose? I just don’t understand it, and I hope I never will.

  2. Mustang says:

    “Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.” ~~Winston Churchill

    You know what, Angel . . . I think this country has become over-obsessed with health. There is nothing wrong with living in moderation, and that includes an after dinner brandy and a quality cigar. All this business about attaining longer life is mere grist for the pharmaceutical hacks who would dearly love for all of us to spend more on their outrageously high medications and placebos. I refuse to become a hypochondriac or to live in fear of my own mortality. We all die, sooner of later — and while I certainly suggest that later is preferred over sooner, there is also something to be said for quality over quantity. Besides, as my grandmother assured me having lived to the age of 98, old age is no more than the slowest rate of dying. It may be true that a person can live to be a ripe old age, never having enjoyed the fruit of the grape — but why?

  3. Kevin says:

    I don’t get your premise. If you work hard and become successful, you get to drink a lot? Sign me up!

  4. Kevin says:

    And get me a glass of cheap pinot while you’re at it :) .

  5. KKarLmM says:

    So would i be completely out of line if i would say….

    I’LL DRINK TO THAT!!!!…and anything else you have to say…..or post..

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  7. arclightzero says:

    Nothing pleases me more than a nice glass of wine… Except maybe a nice glass of scotch. But I can say I agree that success leads to drinking. Why? Because it’s easy to sit back and enjoy libations when you are achieving success. These people generally aren’t abusing, they are enjoying…

    For those who study the psychology of the economy, it’s interesting to follow the state of the economy via the “bubbly index” since people tend to drink more of the bubbly stuff during good economic times :)

  8. Debbie says:

    I don’t drink, so what does that say about me? Well, I do drink the occasional glass of wine.

  9. Rastaman says:

    Aha, Debbie. You DO drink! Just not much. Denial is the province of the alcoholic. Not being funny, that’s a fact.

    I have a drink once in awhile, perhaps every week or two, and it’s always enjoyable. At a party I might even have 3 over the course of an evening. Total abstinence is a personal choice and no one is lesser or better a person than others for choosing it, so I’d be careful of that pride, Seane-Anna.

    Medically, an occasional drink is beneficial and may increase the length of your life a bit. If that matters. We do so very many things to shorten our lives anyway, not the least of them living in cities, driving cars, flying in planes, and many other choices we make.

    What value is a life not lived? If at the end of it, there’s no fulfillment or satisfaction? Life is to be enjoyed while it lasts, which isn’t long anyway, and a little moderation is all it takes.


  10. David says:

    “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

    Or shut it permanently while ya take a looooong dirt nap… I’ve heard some truly dangerous things said by drunks. *heh*

    About those “wine equivalents”… if they’d just drink beer–which normally has less than half the alcohol content of wine–and MUCH less than spirits–they’d more than likely find their consumption moderated by their bladder. *heh*

    At my current consumption levels (about 10-11 “12-oz beer-equivalents”/week; I say “12-oz beer-equivalents” cos I drink pints, one per day), I’ve about hit the peak of best overall contribution an alcoholic beverage can make to my good health. I never manage to “get a buzz” at those consumption levels, though, which probably defeats the purpose folks who drink more have (to get drunk, at least a little… until a little becomes a lot–*heh*) in drinking alcoholic beverages.

    But if folks choose to deal with stress via the crutch of mind-altering drugs, it doesn’t make a lot of difference whether they choose alcohol or Prozac: it’s still a confession that they find themselves unable to DEAL with their stress and must mask it by numbing their minds. Better they should go to the range and hammer a few hundred rounds at targets. It’s OK to imagine the faces of politicians, Mass Media Podpeople and the like (just don’t get so strung out on mind-altering substances that you conflate your exercise in sublimation and the real thing. Don’t make it real, fer heavens’ sake! Leave going postal to the postal workers! ;-) )

    As usual, I found more to comment on than was in your post. Ooooo! Look! Shiny! Oh! Not that direction! Over there! Sorry, gotta go chase another rabbit…

  11. nanc says:


    i only drink when i feel good.

    therefore i have six or two beers every single day!

  12. English Rose says:

    Hiya, nice site you have here.
    Just commenting on your blog,
    I would rather have a drunkard around me and take care of their problems than have this Country turn to Islam.
    Apparently, Denmark is ready to become Islamic with Turkey going into the EU next year it’s only a matter of time.
    Great!! the end of the world as we know it. Seems like we are racing against time, and time is short.
    Take care x

  13. MK says:

    I don’t drink when i’m stressed, i do have the odd one to celebrate good news though, like when i heard about terrorists blowing themselves up by accident.

  14. Angie says:

    Stress? What stress? :) I don’t drink when stressed. I like to when I feel great! Whoo Hoo, now we won’t go into other bad habits..

  15. Aurora says:

    One glass of red with a meal…That’s it for me. I enjoy it slowly and appreciate the benefits for the heart.
    Like Seane-Anna, I don’t get the appeal of intoxication. I guess I like having my wits about me…funny that. :)

  16. DD2 says:

    You asked: “If the more successful you are, the more you drink………………… all that “success” really worth it in the end?..Hmmm.”

    How long do I have to answer this?

  17. cube says:

    Let’s drink to success ;-)

  18. Brooke says:

    Like Nanc, I drink when I’m happy. ;)

    You are right that excessive drunkenness isn’t a good thing!

  19. Angel says:

    CHEERS ONE AND ALL!…Next rounds on me..heh ;)

  20. benning says:

    I don’t drink to relieve stress. For that I have a smoke and some M&Ms.

  21. JMK says:

    Isn’t it amazing that the first thing such studies tend to do is to deviate away FROM the scientific method?

    Given a FACT that “people under stress drink more and the higher the position (and PREESUMABLY, the greater the stress) the more they drink,” there are far too many variables left to assert that “stress CAUSES excessive drinking.”

    How about other “stressful” jobs?

    There are said to be few jobs more stressful than an air traffic controller. Do they drink excessively.

    Is the stress of real, grinding poverty (without means of escape) “less stressful” than the stress of running a company, or performing life and death surgery? I’d tend to date it, considering that other studies show that the greatest stress in most people’s lives is over fiscal concerns.

    The people who conducted this study are guilty of jumping to conclusions.

    Who knows why people in high income/high stress positions drink more? It could be, because they’re thrilled to be where they are. It could be simply because, as Bill Clinton famously put it, “They (I) can.”

    Firefighting is also a high stress job, especially inner-city firefighting. I worked in the FDNY in the South Bronx for nearly two decades and saw a fair amount of drinking on duty. In fact, guys used to joke, “Half the rescues made on this job wouldn’t have been but for drinking, they used to say, ‘That guy was in there ten feet beyond common sense.’ ”

    I never felt confident enough to drink on duty and I had held other jobs previous, so it wasn’t a temptation for me (I’d worked eight years in other jobs where you just didn’t even think about doing something like that), besides, I rarely drink socially anyway, so it was not a big lure for me.

    Still, alcohol had a corrosive influence on that job. Many people who didn’t drink and never got impaired (“banged up,” in the parlance) resented guys who couldn’t function without “having a few pops.”

    At any rate, when the FDNY clamped down on drinking heavy (after AUC 202 came out) guys simply stopped on their own accord and officers started getting a lot more strict…..and guess what?

    There were no ill effects at all.

    The job had allowed “stress” (awaiting an impending fire) to become an excuse for guys to drink! So that’s what this report sounds like to me – an excuse, to explain away an inexcusable behavior (excesive drinking).

  22. Don L says:

    No wonder I’m in trouble Angel. I’ve had it backwards. Ithought that if you drank a lot you’d become successful – who’d of known?

  23. Joe Gringo says:

    Being from Arizona, we are forced to drink cccccoooolllld beer here.

  24. Gayle says:

    LOL! (Don L’s comment.)

    Yes, Angel, drinking really does demolish dignity, and really fast. That’s why people shouldn’t make public speeches while under the influence, like Dana Jacobsen did. Perhaps they shouldn’t say much when stopped by the police, like Mel Gibson did! Too much alcohol makes a fool out of anyone, but I’m with you… when I do have a drink I prefer red sweet wine. :)

  25. in2thefray says:

    I like the Hemingway quote funny given the source. Excess of anything will overcome anyone.

  26. EDGE says:

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin is my Mecca. :)

  27. OMMAG says:

    Make mine a delicious and rich dark ale!

  28. frasypoo says:

    I have to add the media to this too.Every show has people drinking and after a while you want a glass of wine !

  29. Layla says:

    Heh! Sigh…………. what’s next!

  30. The Griper says:

    i got only one thing to say. every drunk that lives on the streets must be really successful in the eyes of this study. and what about teenage drinking?

  31. Eitan says:

    I don’t drink. Does that mean I’ve been dhimmitized?

  32. Incognito says:

    I don’t drink either… but maybe I should… if it makes me more successful… ;-)

    When I’m stressed I like to eat comfort foods.