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Middle class professionals are much bigger drinkers than blue collar workers - but smoke half as much, a Government study shows.

In middle class families 41 per cent of men drank more than four units and 35 per cent of women more than three on at least one day in the week before interview, compared to 34 per cent of men and 23 per cent of women in manual households.

Average weekly consumption was similar in all age groups from 16 to 64 years but was much lower among the over 65s.

A trend towards stronger drinks and larger wine glasses in recent years mean that many middle class people underestimate how much they are drinking.

Sales of wine have increased more than that of any other type of alcohol over the last two decades, up by more than 50 per cent since 1992.

Older people tended to drink more often than younger age groups.

But young people were more likely to drink heavily with 46 per cent of 16 to 24 year olds and 35 per cent of 25 to 44 year olds doing so at least once in the previous week compared compared to just six per cent of over 65s.Since many blue-collar jobs consist of mainly manual labor, educational requirements for workers are typically lower than those of white-collar workers.Often, only a high school diploma is required, and many of the skills required for blue-collar jobs will be learned by the employee while working.Chris Sorek, chief executive of alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware, said: 'While there continues to be a strong culture of drinking as part of professional roles it is not surprising to see managers drinking more than manual workers.'Meetings and get-togethers are all situations where professionals may feel under pressure to drink.We also know many de-stress with a drink at home after a long working day, it is not unusual for people to have a drink when they get home.'It is important we use education to help people develop effective ways to cope with job related stress without alcohol.'The current recommendations for daily alcohol intake are that it should not regularly exceed three to four units for men - about two pints of beer - and two to three units for women - two small glass of wine.Some blue collar workers have uniforms with the name of the business and/or the individual's name embroidered or printed on it.

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