A Reason Foundation report found that male drinkers earned 10 percent more than abstainers, while women who celebrate happy hour earned 14 percent more. "There appear to be greater social networks among drinkers and that leads to more success in the workplace and higher earnings," says Edward Stringham, the report's lead researcher and a Fayetteville State University economist.
Men who went to bars at least once a month earned an additional 7 percent, on top of the 10 percent drinkers' premium. That's enough to justify a good bottle of Scotch. Women, alas, saw no pop in their earnings from going to bars.
Just remember the Debrahlee Rule: everything in moderation. "Drinking too much -- 21 to 38 drinks per week in our research -- led to decreased earnings," says Stringham.
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