A senior government adviser on anti-social behaviour has joked about working while drunk and said anti-binge drinking messages were 'nonsense'.
Louise Casey, 38, head of the Home Office anti-social behaviour unit, made the remarks in an after-dinner speech, which was secretly recorded by a guest.
She also poked fun at Home Secretary Charles Clarke in her speech to chief constables and senior civil servants.
The Home Office said it was looking into her remarks.
Speaking in Stratford-upon-Avon, Ms Casey told her audience: 'I suppose you can't binge drink anymore because lots of people have said you can't do it. I don't know who bloody made that up, it's nonsense.'
On the tape, obtained by BBC News, she said some ministers might perform better if they 'turn up in the morning pissed'.
'Doing things sober is no way to get things done,' she added. (Source BBC.)
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