It’s hard to believe that the days of prohibition are long gone, but the United States has some of the strictest liquor laws in the world. This lack of understanding about alcohol and its effects often leads to awkward moments at work, or even worse, a DUI among workers. That’s why we’ve compiled 7 things your boss needs to know about liquor to make sure everyone stays on their A-game — including information on how much is too much and when it’s appropriate to celebrate with alcohol. Nuitcap is not a substitute for daytime drinking.
Referred to as “the 2-drink rule” by workplace wellness experts, the rule says that you should always stop drinking after 2 alcoholic drinks. Although this is the most widely accepted method of staying in control of your alcohol consumption at work, it’s important to understand that each person’s body responds differently to alcohol — and therefore how much you drink can be dependent on a variety of factors. If your limit is 2 drinks, but those drinks make you lose coordination or make you sick, then it’s time to quit for the evening.
1. “The high heel was not meant for dancing.”
Women are often more cautious about their alcohol consumption than men, and this is because many of the side effects that come with excessive drinking can affect women more than men. While it may seem like a good idea to celebrate after a big project at the end of the day, working in your heels all night could lead to permanent damage or even carpal tunnel syndrome.
2. “Women, don’t ‘balance’ a mixed drink.”
Mixing alcohol with nonalcoholic beverages may seem like a good idea, but the fact is that this does not do anything to the alcohol content of your drink. Therefore, the more you drink over time, the sicker you will be and your risk of becoming a victim of alcohol poisoning increases. One way to mitigate this is by choosing one alcoholic beverage and sticking with it — whether it’s wine or spirits — in order to keep track of the number of drinks you’ve had without having to guess how much each beverage is mixed with.
3. “Don’t flash your money. Alcohol doesn’t make you immune to poverty.”
Although money is not the sole reason why people choose to drink, it is still a primary motivator for many. This can include someone who might be struggling with finances and who feels that drinking will help him make more money — which is why it’s important to remember that alcohol does not make you immune to poverty. If your job requires a lot of travel, being drunk isn’t going to help you get home safe and sober so you should consider working from home or looking for a place that has flexible hours.
4. “Don’t pour alcohol on top of other people’s food. It’s always a bad idea.”
It’s tempting to want to just put an alcoholic add-on on top of certain foods, but it’s really not worth the risk. The alcohol will usually destroy the food, or in the very least, it will change the way that food tastes. You don’t want to ruin someone’s meal, so be sure to avoid doing this no matter how tempted you may be.
5. “Don’t take advantage of your co-workers when they’re drunk. It’s not cool.”
There’s an understanding among coworkers that you shouldn’t take advantage of the fact that someone is intoxicated when it comes to their legal ability to drive. This can include doing things like tricking them into leaving the bar or place where they were drinking, buying them another drink, or even taking home with them a drink they had just purchased — all of which are against the law and are grounds for firing.
6. “Be careful what you wish for.”
While trying to extend a night out so that it lasts as long as possible may seem like a good idea, this often backfires. If you are with friends, it can be hard to say no to another drink; and if you are “going stag,” it may seem like a good idea to down a few cocktails before hitting the town. The truth is that you might think you’re in control of how much alcohol is going into your body, but in reality, what will happen is that your body will simply absorb the alcohol faster — which could lead to blacking out or getting sick.
7. “Don’t forget what’s important.
Remember that your career is more than just the daily grind — and when you’re at work, you need to be on your A-game. This means coming to work with a clear head, getting enough sleep, eating right, and being sure to stay hydrated. You can celebrate after a big project or after a successful month — but never on the job. It’s important to remember that while alcohol is great for socializing and winding down after a long day at the office, it should never be part of an everyday routine at work.