(Closed) Christmas Parties – Drinking in front of new co-workers?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I usually have at least one at our Christmas lunch. It was weird at first, but at the end of the day, my co-workers are just about as crazy and in need of a drink after a day of work as I do.

Post # 4
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

In those types of situations where I don’t know proper etiquette or protocol, I tend to take my que from the other guests.  Since it’s your employer I would aim to be a bit more on the conservative side.  So if most people are not drinking or having only one or two, maybe opt out.  If everyone else is having a few a letting loose then have 1 or 2.  Just play it by ear.

Post # 5
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think that as long as you don’t get carried away and act like a lush, you have nothing to worry about. Having a few drinks, while staying sober, won’t harm their opinions of you. If you are too rigid, or too laidback that could affect how they see you. 

Just maintain a professional and respectful manner.

Post # 6
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are not allowed to order drinks at our Christmas lunch :/ but if we were I probably would have one drink if at all. I am very close to a few co workers and have gone out drinking with them before. I don’t think it’s appropriate to get drunk at a work function.

You never know who will say what.

Post # 8
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you’re worried about it, I would have a drink if that’s what your coworkers are doing, but also try to drink less total than they are – just so that if anything embarrassing happens, it won’t be you!

Post # 9
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Having a drink or two is fine so long as 1) you aren’t the only one drinking and 2) you aren’t getting drunk and acting ridiculous.

Post # 10
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I thought this was funny and practical:


Post # 12
1342 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@oracle:  I LOVE that!!

Post # 14
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@canyouhearmenow13:  Like a previous poster suggested, just keep your drinks to a minimum, and if you notice no one else is rinking alcohol, then skip it entirely.

Post # 15
9575 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@oracle:  I’ve seen that before!  Pretty accurate if you ask me! Smile

OP, you can have 1 or 2 and I wouldn’t worry about that.  As long as you aren’t drunk it’s ok to relax and have 1 or 2 if you want.

Post # 16
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I was at my company about 6 months before our xmas party. I had 2 or 3 drinks, fiance had the same. I think that’s appropriate.  

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