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Is this the end of the liquid lunch in London?

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Absolutely it should be allowed! Pint at lunch time and then champagne when a new clients signs on... this is pretty standard when you dont work in a shop!
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There's a difference between being an alcoholic (which so many comments here refer to) and just having a beer with your lunch every now and then. BTW, In some parts of Europe beer is still considered an essential food. But if you can't stop after that one beer you should start asking yourself...
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Never drank booze on my lunch break when I worked in a factory 20 years ago, but guys from certain parts of the uk always did. Could be a cultural thing?
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Wow, the entitled complaining of overpaid fools. You'll get zero sympathy from anyone in the real world. The only thing I don't understand is how it's taken this long and why it doesn't apply to all staff. Maybe if they didn't drink at work, they would have had the sense to keep us out of 2 recessions. Grow up and do your bloody job.
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Having a beer or glass of wine at lunch isn't a problem. This is overreach. Plenty of people conduct business over a cigar and whiskey as well. Nobody is getting drunk...
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Not sure how they can stop someone going for a pint in their own time during the lunch break. On the other hand, if you return to work the worse for wear, you deserve whatever you get!
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I guess the two hour lunch breaks and jolly japes have to come to an end at some point, still there is always cheese and pickle sandwiches like the rest of us for Rupert and his chums, ghastly!
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They have plenty to drink at lunchtime in the Rovers then go back to t'factory and zip through loads of pairs of knickers on their sewing machines. No accidents yet. A new storyline?
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Live and let live. Companies have their own guidelines and regulations about this sort of thing. All part of the attraction of living in this great city. Only 7000 or so pubs left in London anyway. So what's all the the fuss about? When I was a youngster there was a pub on every corner (almost). LIVE AND LET LIVE.
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Booze destroys lives. Much more than any other drug existing. Personal experience. Research into it. The fact that there are complains about something that should be obvious is shocking. Reality check needed.
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It's funny that there is such a practise. Most institutions have an alcohol policy at work. Furthermore alcohol is known if taken more than required to slow you down therefore it's an effect to your productivity. This practice I doubt exists in any other major economies.
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I spent most of my working life around electrical equipment and moving machinery. Alcohol at lunch time would have been a really stupid idea. I would prefer people dealing with my money not to indulge during their lunch break too.

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If I had just bottle of beer during my lunch time I would be sacked so why (just because they earn a lot of money) they think the law and health and safety doesn't apply to them and how many of them drive home. Throw the book at them!!!!!!!!
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Of course drinking during work hours should be allowed but so should random testing. The big question really is why anyone feels that they have a right to consume alcohol and therefore render themselves less effective?
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Surely theres a straight forward answer to this.... it's company Discretion/policy. Other than that who cares? A lot of business in the city is done over lunch or in the pub so it's a vital part of our economy.
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Should be able to have a drink at lunch if desired. To have a ban placed on something you do during unpaid time should be illegal. Now, for a workplace to say that, should staff be drunk during work hours, they will be fired/suspended is totally ok.
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The fact that they are going to implement this means there must be an issue with it. They're not doing it just to be killjoys. Along with everything else it's a health and safety issue. I've never had a job where drinks during the working hours were permitted.
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Most workplaces in NZ have a drug and alcohol policy which requires no alcohol before you finish work for the day (not sure about the corporate finance sector in this country, but hunch feeling from people I know is that they too, unlike those in this article, don't drink during the work hours either). Of course it is different if you are a business type working for yourself.
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Interesting to read how so many people are happy that a company controls their life. Everyone should be able to do anything as long as they can produce the needed results. The same with the sit in the office for 8h and scroll facebook but as long as you are there. Productivity doesn't matter...what a waste of peoples' lives. Start living! Become freelance and enjoy what life has to offer
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In Scotland you can't even have 1 drink before you are over our legal alcohol limit. Rightly so! I love a drinking sesh every now and then but never during work.. the majority of work anywhere else in the country would fire you for drinking at work.. can't even imagine.. welcome to the real world guys!
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