I was in Chicago last week chatting with a floor trader from the CBOT and he said the Bar next to the CBOT was the busiest bar in all of downtown chicago (they service the most hard liquor and beer in the city). and he said it's not unusual to see traders drinking at 9-10am. I also went to a private baptist college in the south and they encouraged finance majors to not go into trading/market maker careers because they claimed it to be too stressful and they said there was a high risk of alcoholism....then i thought about it, and my drinking habits have really picked up after i started trading full time. Seems like i always need an extra dry martini at 3:05 pm to calm me down from the stress and excitment of the trading day. And all day i constantly think about making money. But despite all of this, this is truely the greatest job someone could have. "i trade stocks because it gives me a reason to say 'SHIT' every few hours; without that, life would just be boring"