The Economist ponders drink and the workplace

Written by Ashwin Rattan Monday, 13 August 2012 09:53
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AMERICA has a proud history of drinking on the job.


Craftsmen who built the first government buildings in the 17th century were sometimes paid in brandy.


The 19th-century railroaders who laid the foundations of modern America were notoriously thirsty.


And anyone who thinks that “Mad Men”, a TV drama in which 1960s advertising executives spend the working day sucking up Scotch, is a pastiche, would do well to talk to an account manager from the time—though his memory may be hazy.


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