stop me from snapping on my drunk co-worker!! VENT

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

uhhhh … wait, what? As in, WHAT?!?!? That is insane!!! I would absolutely report him to the bosses. As much as you may feel sorry for him, this isn’t like some mistake that he’s made that he can’t help and could happen to anyone. Routinely getting drunk at work is 10000% something he should be fired for.

I can’t even imagine. When DH has a couple too many beers now that I can’t join him, I tell him to shut up and go somewhere else in the house. Haha I have low tolerance for drunks when I’m sober, and AT WORK is a pretty reasonable time to expect people to be sober.

Post # 4
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

wow…I cant believe your boss hasn’t noticed this. I would tell someone asap. I know you will feel guilty, but this man needs help and maybe it will benifit him to get a wake up call. I’m sorry this is happening 🙁

Is he driving home?

Post # 6
3557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Sounds a bit like developing alcoholism to me. Maybe getting reprimanded/fired is the wake up call that he needs to realize what he is doing is not ok. I have never heard of any job that endorses drinking on the job except for being a brewmaster for Miller.

Post # 7
1582 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsTVLover:  Has anyone else you work with noticed? I can’t believe he’s getting drunk at work!

ETA: I know you are frustrated with him, but I am a little sad for him because he obviosly has a very serious problem!


Post # 8
2788 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsTVLover:  Why have you let this go on this long without reporting him? This isn’t an issue of having a drink, or messing around on company time, his actions can impact the clients.  Report him, now. 

Post # 9
1631 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Could you report him anonymously? Slip a note under the bosses door on your way out?

Post # 10
13168 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I can’t believe you haven’t reported him already.  Getting wasted at work every day is 100000% something he should be fired for.  Honestly, nothing else should even be considered.

Post # 11
4494 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yeah, this is totally unacceptable.  Report him to a manager you know’s discreet and won’t throw you under the bus.  Alchoholics can get vindictive and you don’t want problems, so you need to be careful about who you tell this to.


Post # 12
2179 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

You need to tell your boss, his drinking could affect clients who rely on SOBER legal assistance.

Post # 14
2114 posts
Buzzing bee

@MrsTVLover:  why does everyone say not to report him? That is kind of mean honestly – he obviously needs help. It is also very inappropriate at the work place. My first thought it because the company may have to deal with it. I know in some places you cannot fire an employee because of alcoholism (it is considered a disease) and if he pleas that work stress has to do with it, the company may even have to help pay for rehab.

Anyways, yes i think this should be reported. I mean i would feel bad if he lost his job, but something has to give. God forbid he should pass out and hit his head, overdose, siezure etc at work. Say you are concerned by his behavior and think that his use of alcohol at work should be investigated.

Post # 15
3633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Honestly, I don’t think you have to directly report him. We have, or rather, HAD, people like that at our work and honestly, everyone noticed. It’s just a matter of time before it trickles up the chain of command. I get that you would feel guilty that he may lose his job but 1) there’s someone else that needs a job that deserves this job 2) why does he get to get paid for doing subpar work, if any at all, when the rest of your team has to pull his weight and pick up the slack “for free”?

Working with people who are drunk or hungover is a PITA and affects the whole team. It also reflects poorly upon that department or the office. It’s one thing to have one or two off days but if this is a perpetual thing, it has got to stop.

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