From the BBC:
Is the lunchtime pint facing extinction? Only a minority of companies now allow staff to drink during the working day.
It's a sunny Friday lunchtime, the kind of weather that brings on a thirst for a long, cold drink.
After a week spent hunched over a computer monitor, it's easy to feel like the dust-encrusted, thirst-crazed soldier who's driven across the desert in the classic film Ice Cold in Alex.
You can almost see the condensation running down the curves of a pint, the sun glinting on a wine glass...
But hold on. Re-wind the tape, because that lunchtime pint - a cultural tradition in its own right - is disappearing. A survey from law firm, Browne Jacobson, says that 57% of businesses now ban drinking during the working day.
There have always been drinking restrictions on safety-sensitive jobs, such as anyone driving or operating machinery, but now the booze ban is being extended much more widely.
In many parts of the country, particularly outside London, an even higher proportion of companies don't allow staff to drink. In the West Midlands, the survey says that 75% of businesses don't allow drinking during the working day.
I used to work with a chap who would regularly spend his lunchtime at the Royal Oak downing three pints of true, gut-rotting scrumpy - the kind of rustic yellow gunge you expect to find twigs floating in.
Didn't seem to affect him in the least, other than that his jokes got even more ribald in the afternoon.