BERLIN, N.H. (AP) _ A paper mill worker accidentally shot himself while drunk and went to work the next morning with a bullet lodged near his eye.

Robert Cloutier, 39, was hospitalized Wednesday in fair condition. He was admitted Monday after co-workers at the James River Corp. plant asked about his swollen face.

Police Capt. Barney Valliere said Cloutier had been drinking Sunday night and was alone in his room when his weapon accidentally discharged into his jaw.

He tended to the wound himself and went to work Monday morning as usual.

''It's pretty remarkable to me someone could shoot themselves in the jaw and facial area, clean themselves up and go to work,'' Valliere said. ''Go figure.''