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Office Drinking

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by ifallalot, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. ifallalot


    Nov 2, 2013
    Carlsbad, CA
    Most every employee in my office is currently drinking. Not just having some drinks, but full-on partying.

    I'm not participating because I have to work later than the rest of them but mainly because I'm trying to avoid alcohol in general.

    Am I going to be seen as a poor sport because I'm not at least hanging out? How do you non-drinker/sober people deal with situations like this?

    I don't necessarily want to advertise that I'm going "sober" because I don't want there to be any ideas that there could be a problem there. This is something that they don't need to know.
  2. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    Speaking as local TB drunk, we don't care. More alcohol for us! :)
  3. Queue


    Jul 5, 2013
    DC Suburbs, USA
    It is a challenge, you come up with creative ways that fit depending on the situation.
  4. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Is this during work, or is there an "after work happy hour hang"?
  5. speeves


    Apr 18, 2008
    Just politely refuse :)
  6. ifallalot


    Nov 2, 2013
    Carlsbad, CA
    A little of both. Things are pretty loose around here.
  7. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    One of the engineers at my job got fired for being blackout drunk one day.
  8. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Construction/warehouse/restaraunt/bar?...or...law firm/investment firm/hospital/nursing home?....etc.

    Not justifying it, just saying this happen in a different way (beers in the truck vs. martinis and a fancy place) in some industries than others. Not saying it's ok and you certainly don't have to participate. If "everybody's doing it", including whoever signs your checks, you may feel pushed out because you don't fit it. That's really not right but it happens and you should be prepared to deal with it in whatever way gets you the most/best outcome for you. That could be letting it slide for now, joining in, being indifferent, going home to your family 30 min. earlier, suing the company on some discrimination and/or safety issue, or quitting.

    So, do you work in a bar? Or a construction site where they may pop some beers while they're rolling up at 3:00 and get off at 3:30? An investor where having highballs with somebody may close a lucrative deal? A job where excess impairment may immediately at that very moment seriously endanger someones personal safety or even life?
  9. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    If asked, cover it with religious principles.
  10. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Are they accepting applications.
  11. ifallalot


    Nov 2, 2013
    Carlsbad, CA
    Media. I'm the engineer so besides the two people editing currently, keeping this thing running falls on my shoulders. No one's life is in danger
  12. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    A real LOL for this one.
  13. Einherjar


    Dec 1, 2012
    Lakewood, CO
    Just tell them your stomach is bugging you or something.
  14. Just politely say no thank you. They will respect you more for being honest
  15. will33


    May 22, 2006
    So are the editors drunk? And if so, what is this media and where can I see it? And hell yes, are they hiring? I'm a really good toilet cleaner.

    Really, you have quite limited, abstract explantion lacking details, so any real advice would be hard to come by.
  16. will33


    May 22, 2006

    Just do peyote instead.
  17. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Tell them they're a bunch of stinking drunks then explain that you prefer to get high on proscription drugs.
  18. Drinking acceptable on the job? Are you hiring? :p
  19. ifallalot


    Nov 2, 2013
    Carlsbad, CA
  20. klyph


    Mar 28, 2009
    Eh, make a "highlights reel", then blackmail them. Time to branch out!;)