Figures from the Office of National Statistics in the UK show that women in top positions, such as managers in large companies, drink a bottle of wine a week on average, around 11.2 units, compared with 6.2 units for female hairdressers, cleaners and factory workers.

According to The Telegraph, Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott said the figures, given in a parliamentary answer, reflect a 'Sex and the City' culture among professional women.

Abbott said: "It is good that more women are out in the workforce and are enjoying social life in pubs and bars. But these disturbingly high figures reveal women’s drinking patterns have changed in a generation, reflecting a silent, middle class epidemic. The problem is not just young 'ladettes'."

She also highlighted the new alcohol figures revealed a problematic ‘cocktail and business card culture’ and that cheap supermarket alcohol had “led more housewives to drink to excess at home,”according to the Evening Standard.

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Official guidance is for women to stick to a medium-size glass of wine a day.

Liver expert Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, a former president of the Royal College of Physicians, said that some women in senior posts were using alcohol as a 'stress-buster' to combat the difficulties of balancing their work and family commitments, reports The Daily Mail.

Sir Ian said: "While alcohol may help people to reduce stress when used occasionally, if it’s used regularly as a stress-buster, there is a real risk of it leading to dependence."

"In the poorer parts of society there are likely to be more non-drinkers but also more people drinking in a harmful way which explains why the biggest burden on health damage is seen in poorer communities."

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    "We all need something to spur us along, so recognise stress as a part of the process.  Only when you cannot escape it at the end of the day is it time to really worry.  So make sure you plan treats and fun or relaxing activities for your leisure time."

  • Give Yourself Some Contingency 

    "Allow extra time to get there early or finish before it's needed to reduce stress levels from the start."

  • Walk Around

    "Doing nothing more than getting up from your desk, having a stretch and walking about a little will reduce your stress levels.  If you can take fifteen minutes to take a walk outside, the effect will be even greater."

  • Focus On Your Achievements

    "Often when we are stressed we focus on failures and things we have yet to do.  Focus on success and what you have done, to give you a sense of control.  Celebrate your successes to replace feelings of stress with a sense of pride."

  • Have A Rant... But Choose Your Timing Carefully

    "If you need to let off steam, do it with the right person at the right time: a trusted friend, outside of work hours.  Remember, if you spend too much of your home life moaning or being angry, you will damage one of your most powerful stress-busting assets: your family relationships.  So invest time in strengthening them."

  • A Problem Shared

    "If you do feel the first signs of stress, talk to others around you.  If they are stressed too, then you will know you aren't alone. If they are not, then perhaps they can help calm you."

  • Tidy Up

    "For many people, an untidy work space increases feelings of stress.  Deal with it.  The delay will more than be compensated by subsequent increases in your efficiency, and getting your area tidy will give you an immediate sense of control."

  • One Thing At A Time

    "Not only is multi-tasking inefficient, but it adds to your stress levels.  Do one thing at a time and you will be calmer and do better quality work."

  • Start Snacking

    "If you cannot take the time for a nutritious and relaxing lunch break, at least choose healthy snacks, so you can feel virtuous.  Plenty of fresh water, nuts, fruit, dried fruit and raw vegetables all help you to keep your body well, and enhance your resilience."

  • Build In Planning Time

    "Time to plan and prepare will leave you feeling calm from the start."