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The How-To Lounge: Watching How Much You Drink!

Since the holidays are fast approaching, you're bound to be attending an office party or two in the next few months. Although it's always fun to let loose with your co-workers, you never want to be that girl, especially in front of your superiors, so for some tips on how to not drink too much at your next work event, click here to

  • Never drink on an empty stomach. Opt for foods rich in carbohydrates and fat, as fatty foods slow the absorption of alcohol, and remember to graze as the night goes on.
  • Stick to one kind of alcohol.
  • Know your limits and don't go overboard. It's not a contest to see who can drink the most.
  • If you feel yourself starting to get a little tipsy, remember to not say anything you will regret come Monday morning, and it might be a good idea to make a quick exit.

The purpose of having alcohol at work events is to loosen everyone up and make the event less corporate, but keep in mind that these people are still your work mates, not your best friends, so saying less is always more!

If any of you have good office party stories, please share them in the comments below!


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mrspiven mrspiven 9 years
a friend of mine set me up with a co-worker of hers, and our first "date" was going to dinner and drinks with him, my friend and her husband, another couple, and their boss from their real estate company. i had spent so much time worrying about the date that i didn't eat all day, and really tried to loosen myself with some long island iced teas before dinner. before our appetizers even got there, i was slurring my words, laughing uncontrolably, and dropping anything i got my hands on. dinner was a mess, i kept missing my mouth with my fork, i spilled water on my date, and i couldn't walk a straight line to the bathroom. HUGE mistake. needless to say, i never spoke to my date again, fortunately my friend thought it was pretty funny but her boss did mention her friendship decisions later that night. awful!
partysugar partysugar 9 years
If I am going to an event and want to be certain I don't overdrink, I set a reminder on my phone that says something like: "Stop Drinking!!" and when the reminder goes off in my purse I know to put down my drink.
notoriuskitty notoriuskitty 9 years
I'm so glad I'm not a drinker!
summer-roberts summer-roberts 9 years
For my husband's work we go to a local restaurant/lounge. The company buys the dinner and we each buy our own drinks. It is a lot easier to drink less when I am paying my own tab. I also know the staff at this particular place and they know to pour my first 3 drinks regularly and then pour lighter if I order after that. This way I consume less than it looks like. I also try to have a glass of water between drinks to stay hydrated.
rosey_y rosey_y 9 years
I have a 3 drink maximum with co-workers. I'm also trying to extend that to non-work drinking too. I don't drink very often and I hate knowing the next morning that I said stupid, embarrassing things because I lost control! I've had more than my share of wild nights and now (at the ripe old age of 22) getting trashed doesn't appeal to me at all anymore. However, the challenge for me is having the presence of mind to stop drinking once I've already had a few. :) As for stories, I have a friend who's partner at a large professional firm and he had me in hysterics with a story from their Christmas party last year. One woman (a respected professional!) decided she needed to use the bathroom, only there were no stalls free in the ladies. So she went into the male bathroom, only to find there were no stalls free there either. What did she do? Hiked up her skirt, pulled down her underwear, hoisted herself up into the WASH BASIN in a squat and did her business, with horrified male colleauges looking on. Does it get any classier??
renaimarie renaimarie 9 years
I used to work at one of three locations of a local bakery and cafe. We had a huge Christmas party that year and everyone who worked for the company was there, including the owner. Turns out- our cafe was the rowdy/crazy bunch and we all drank more, danced more, and laughed more than anyone else. We also got stared at a lot more. I had my boyfriend at the time there with me as well, and he pulled one of my coworkers onto the dance floor and started trying to salsa dance with her! I'm sure it didn't help that he was wearing a baby pink skin tight tshirt and smaller jeans than I was. There were definitely a few other occasions as well where we'd all go out to the bar after work meetings. Another girl and myself used to sneak off into the bathroom and make out! Hah, our customers loooooved running into us when we were out. Yikes. Luckily I've calmed down a bit more at my new job. Hah.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
In my position, I would never drink with staff or co workers. I don't want to anyways. :rotfl:
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
aaaahhh, memories...getting absolutely SMASHED at a Super Bowl Party and later realizing that everyone is laughing and snickering at my drunk a$$ stumbling across the room.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
ugh..... nasty arse casseroles makes me wanna vom! I hate potlucks... but that's a whole different story. I had my crazy days years back and fortunately learned from them. Luckily I always remembered to wear appropriate under-clothing!
rubialala rubialala 9 years
I try to not drink around my co-workers as I don't handle too much liquor very well - I tend to get very touchy.
tati33 tati33 9 years
:ROTFL: Alisha_Stiletto Anything that involves drinking and co workers - I usually go for a 2 drink limit...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I dont hang out with people at work, and we dont have a christmas party (unless you want to call them bringing nasty arse casseroles in and drinking sweet tea to bing crosby a party) I watch what i drink, cause alki-hol has a lot of calories.
lily314 lily314 9 years
LOL @ ashcwebb - "slut bucket"!
Cymone Cymone 9 years
I like everyone so much more at the events when we aren't worrying about work! I found out some of my coworkers are actually funny, and I work with mostly computer programmers so that came as a surprise to me lol
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
haha the trick I use is pretend to take a shot when the "trays" comes around... and im not exagerating, there are usually a few trays of liquid cocain. my boss' favorite shot (Jagermeister and goldschlager). I take the shot, and when they all start yelling and throwing back shots, i slide mine back on the tray. I've occasionally "accidentally spilled the shot" on purpose while everyone else isnt paying attention.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yea I usually have no more the two...three at most...because you have to face these people on a daily basis! I think, for our Christmas Party, I might have more then 3...but I'm ditching at midnight to go to a club! Also, the other week when I was a concert my boyfriend and me decided not to have any drinks. And let me tell you, being sober in a club full of drunk chicks really opens up your eyes! Like wow, these girls are quite crazy! I never realized that before, but I hope I'm not a slut-bucket like that!
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
i will never ever ever have more then 4 drinks with people i work with..i dont want these people to see something embarrassing! i have heard to many horror stories of people doing very embarrassing things a work functions! soo embarrassing that they end up quitting their jobs!
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 9 years
Funny story? The HEAD of HR for a huge corporation that I worked for a couple of years back was a little friendly, we'll say. *And this was without booze After she got a couple of drinks in her, she wasnt as careful with how she crossed and uncrossed her legs, so lets just say that our friend forgot to wear a certain item to the party. With a miniskirt on. The ENTIRE company was staring at her Nanner. Not cool.
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 9 years
OMG! Hallelujah for this post. If you cant handle your liquor, do not drink at a company party. YOU WILL be the talk of the company gossip for the next couple of years. Nothing like losing whatever professional respect you work hard for in the office. Always eat before you drink! never drink on an empty stomach. Id also like to add: Dont wear something overly hoochie to the party. Keep your boobs to a minimum, and wear panties people!! lol
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