Tis The Season to Celebrate
While “tis the season to celebrate!” coworkers and bosses have a long memory when it comes to unprofessional behavior at company parties. Even if you don’t remember exactly what happened your coworkers and bosses will and if you are getting the “disgusted” stare, it isn’t going to be good for your career. Remind yourself prior to the party not to overdo it. Limit yourself to two drinks (One drink consists of: 1 ounces of distilled spirits; 5 ounce of wine; or 12 ounces of beer) and then help yourself to only nonalcoholic drinks. Come Monday morning you will be glad you did.
If you are an employer hosting a company party that includes alcohol you may want to have a cash bar (where the employee and guest will be responsible to pay for alcohol drinks) and hire a professional server who is trained not to overserve. Have food or appetizers available. Alcohol will be absorbed faster by the body on an empty stomach and remember carbonated beverages expedites impairment. Have nonalcoholic drinks available for those you choose not to drink. Have party games so the main event is not the drinking. If there is little to do, guests will often continue to drink. Get guests involved in fun activities. Be creative, make your party memorable. Since too much drinking can also cause fights and traffic accidents, it is the hosts responsible to see that guests get home safely.
Holiday time can also be a very difficult time for people in recovery. There are so many more opportunities to drink. For people who are in recovery some good ideas would bring your own nonalcoholic drink if you are having a party at a private residence and are unsure what they will be offering. Fill your glass with juice or pop as you mingle and that will eliminate any questions. Be open and honest with family members at family gatherings. Let them know you are in recovery and hopefully they will be encouraging and limit temptations. Also be willing to exit early. If you do feel uncomfortable, have an exit plan in place and use it. Remember recovery is about taking care of you. People who really care about you will understand.
Also for parents it is important to be good role models. It is important for children to know that drinking doesn’t have to be a part of the holiday season. What they see their parents do is far more important than what they hear their parents say. So remember your children are watching you and what they see can become part of their holiday traditions for years to come.