Happy? I'll drink to that

17th August 2007 at 01:00
TEACHING IS enough to turn you to drink. Surveys indicate that teachers are twice as likely as other adults, on average, to imbibe every night.

The BRMB TGI surveys of more than 5,000 professionals and 25,000 other adults found that one in four teachers drinks every day.

Wine seems to be teachers' tipple of choice. Nearly one in four drinks a bottle of wine every week and almost one in 40 drinks around a bottle every day.

But are teachers happy or sad drinkers? The good news from the survey is they tend to steer clear of boxed wine and gin, the favourites of stereotypical depressives.

The high level of drinking may be more a result of teachers' increased disposable income than anything intrinsically related to their jobs. Other professionals drink almost as frequently.

It could also explain why a Bath University study last week suggested that teachers' job satisfaction was at an all-time high.

Maybe it is nothing to do with their excitement at inspiring young minds or their satisfaction in teaching a subject they love. They could just be permanently tipsy.

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