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Do You Need Alcohol to Enjoy Your Office Holiday Party?

It seems that beer goggles have expanded their functionality from bars to office holiday parties. According to a YouGov survey of 1,429 UK workers, 43 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds and 45 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds admitted to needing alcohol to enjoy their office parties; co-workers and bosses seem more tolerable when these workers are under the influence.

Reliance on alcohol dropped as the respondents' ages increased: 32 percent of 34- to 44-year-olds said alcohol was necessary to have a good time, while 25 percent of those aged 45-54 agreed. The survey concluded that, overall, 28 percent of workers depend on alcohol for fun at office holiday parties. Because the booze is on the house and the social company isn't stimulating or makes you nervous, as is the case at many work parties, the survey findings aren't too surprising.

Let's do ourselves a favor though, and make sure we stay under our limit at these functions. Do you belong in the group that can't stand being around your co-workers and bosses any longer than a typical work day without the help of alcohol?

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aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Deidre I'm with you!
hibiscus96818 hibiscus96818 7 years
I don't think alcohol is a necessity at an office party. We won't be having alcohol at our holiday potluck next week and that is fine with me because I get along great with most of my co-workers.
Deidre Deidre 7 years
Honestly, I think it would be best to do away with office holiday parties altogether. It's time to divvy up that money spent in a new way! I would much, much rather receive a small bonus/gift certificate or have the party money donated to charity than have appetizers/drinks while making small talk about work. I like my co-workers, but not a lot of us socialize with each other. It's a-ok with me to just say Merry Christmas to everyone and leave it at that.
Mesayme Mesayme 7 years
I've never gotten drunk as an adult anywhere...but I witnessed a doctor I worked for getting trashed at Christmas party once. It definitely changed my opinion of him and made me pay closer attention to him at work.
kythera kythera 7 years
Ok, some of us unfabulous people don't work in offices. My company Christmas party was held at my boss' home. There was not one drop of alcohol there. And none was needed since we all get along, and we all had fun. I've been to Christmas parties where it was held at a hotel and we had to dress nice and all of that, there was an open bar, and not a lot of people got out of control because getting a cab in that area was ridiculously hard. Anyhoo, not all of us work in offices, please remember this. Thanks.
Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 7 years
YES PLEASE!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I usually keep it to one drink...just enough to loosen me up and be able to talk to people easily, but not enough to do anything stupid. One year at a work holiday party, one of my coworkers got REALLY wasted and he was flirting with one of our high-profile clients (who was married, BTW). I think he actually almost lost his job over that one, so yeah, I vowed to never drink too much at a work function. Ever.
tlight tlight 7 years
While I don't think it's manditory, it definitely makes for a better time. The publishing industry as a whole is pretty sweet on the drink, so it's always available at work functions. I have to say I enjoy seeing my superiors when they are a little tipsy.. makes them seem like real people.
nutella2683 nutella2683 7 years
AMEN lilkimbo!!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I don't NEED alcohol, but I have nothing against having a few drinks. I am offended by the comments insinuating that drinking at a work function equates with getting out of hand. If that's the case for you, it's probably wise not to drink. (I know some people's bodies just don't tolerate alcohol well.) However, just because someone is drinking, it doesn't mean that person will make poor choices and make a fool of him or herself.
Court003 Court003 7 years
Although we have alcohol at our out of work functions - I keep it at one glass of wine. Getting drunk in front of your coworkers in ridiculously humiliating for everyone, and last year at our Christmas Party (at my boss's house) his wife got drunk and had her son put on Soulja Boy and proceeded to do the dance in front of us all!! AWKWARD!
valancyjane valancyjane 7 years
My tolerance is nil these days, so I can't predict how I will act even after just one glass of wine. I would probably have more fun if I had a drink, but I don't quite trust myself - some of my true feelings toward my coworkers might come out! So I stick with water - with a lime slice in it so I don't look like too much of a prude.
krae85 krae85 7 years
definitely, but only a drink or two.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 7 years
Not at all, but it'll certainly be readily available at our holiday party this year. I work in a casual office of 15 people where the age range is 25-33, so we're all pretty "hip" and fun to be around. This year our Christmas party consists of dinner, open bar, a DJ, a giant projector with Wii and Xbox360 games, a mechanical bull, etc. I'll be a blast, regardless if I drink or not!
piper23 piper23 7 years
Yes, I do. And lots of it.
356UIK 356UIK 7 years
Dude. Yes. Need isnt a strong enough word for it either.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
I don't HAVE to have alcohol, but it sure makes it a bit easier.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
We don't have alcohol at our office parties and we have a great time. Even if we did have alcohol, I wouldn't drink. I would just prefer to stay sober at a work function. Keep myself in control and being sober means I could be a DD if need.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 7 years
Yes! :cocktail:
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 7 years
Well since I honestly dont really like my coworkers i will have a few drinks. At my last job everyone felt like family and it was the first time i was able to drink there, so needless to say i got hammered.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
for myself - i don't believe in drinking at work functions - i have something against making a fool of myself and that's typically what happens when people drink. at my last company - the staff would regularly go for happy hours and i'd see all the trouble that it caused - with random hook ups and people doing dumb things, so that is something that i avoided then, and will continue to avoid while i'm working now. that just means that i'll probably have to deal with co-workers who are drinking and maybe get out of hand, but that's something that i can at least control for myself.
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