Drinking culture in Parliament is 'unhealthy', claims poll

A 'unhealthy' drinking culture is engulfing Parliament, according to around a quarter of MPs taking part in a new cross-party survey.

In a poll of 150 MPs by the charity Alcohol Concern, reported by londonlovesbusiness.com, 26 per cent of those surveyed felt concerned by the culture of drinking in Parliament.

The survey suggests worry was greatest among Labour MPs, with 31 per cent expressing concern, while 20 per cent of Tories and 19 per cent of LibDems also feeling the same way about their Parliamentary colleagues' drinking.

Furthermore, over a third of of female MPs felt their colleagues drank too much alcohol in Parliament.

The poll could spark fresh concerns over the drinking culture exhibited in Parliament. For MPs who believe their drinking is becoming an addiction, there are many avenues to take - hypnotherapy courses, alcohol counselling and more - in order to help them kick the habit.

Eric Appleby, chief executive of Alcohol Concern, commented on the figures to mirror.co.uk: "It's surprising that only a quarter of MPs believe there is an unhealthy drinking culture in Parliament.

"If a quarter of employees reported an healthy drinking culture in any other organisation it would provoke immediate reaction by bosses. Surely it's time for Parliament to rethink its drinking culture and lead by example," he added.

Back in 2011, Tory MP Dr Sarah Wollaston exclaimed that many of her colleagues "drink heavily" and said the Westminster drinking culture needed to change.