So, that annual ritual of green excess and beer is at hand this week. On a Friday, no less.

But not everyone waits until after work for a libation, a survey suggests. More than one-fifth of 2,050 workers said they had gone out for a drink during their workday, and 10 percent said they have a drink at lunch at least once weekly.

Men are more likely to drink than women during work – 30 percent versus 19 percent.

IT and government workers ranked highest in the field of St. Pat’s Day drinking, with respective amounts of 15 percent and 10 percent.

Accounting and finance folks led in the category of workers who acknowledge drinking on company time during a regular workday at 29 percent, followed by 28 percent of IT workers and 24 percent of manufacturing workers.

The results are from an e-mailed survey, “Drinks on the Job,” of 2,050 workers that was conducted by jobs site between Nov. 15 and Dec. 6, 2005. The company is owned jointly by Gannett Co., Tribune Co., and Knight Ridder Inc., three of the nation’s largest newspaper publishers.

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