Excessive Drinking Mars Office Holiday Parties

By Dennis McCafferty
  • Previous
    Festive Season

    Festive Season

    Nearly four out of five U.S. adults have attended a holiday work party.

In a recent feature, Baseline highlighted the lighter side of office celebrations, with a list of bizarre holiday gifts office workers gave their colleagues. But there's also a serious, disturbing side to this workplace tradition: when professionals take part in excessive drinking during office parties. Too many employees have crossed the line between having fun and exhibiting unprofessional and possibly dangerous behavior, according to recent survey findings from Caron Treatment Centers. "Alcohol is still the number-one cause of damaging behavior at holiday celebrations throughout the United States," says Harris Stratyner, regional clinical vice president of Caron Treatment Centers in New York. "Our findings show that many people have no sense of how much alcohol is healthy to consume, or how it impairs them when they go past that low-risk limit. It's a serious public safety concern when 60 percent of adults who attend holiday parties witnessed dangerous and even illegal behavior." Clearly, it's best to err on the side of minimal or, at most, moderate alcohol consumption. At the very least, workers and employers should explore options such as designated drivers, taxi services, etc., to avoid having an employee get behind the wheel while impaired. More than 1,965 Americans took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2013-12-19
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
eWeek eWeek

Have the latest technology news and resources emailed to you everyday.