Modern TV shows and movies tell us that the world of the 1960s is a world that doesn’t exist anymore -- a world of smoke-filled rooms, full skirts, open racism and sexism, and hidden desperation. Business in this world, the media tells us, was fueled by alcohol -- a glass of scotch for clients, martinis at lunch, an afternoon drink to relax … .
In reality, per-person alcohol consumption has increased since the 1960s. In Britain, it’s actually doubled in that time. The difference now is that most of us are drinking on our own time instead of our employers’ time. And those who are drinking before or during work generally aren’t obvious about it -- they’re likely to be hiding their consumption from their employers.