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Lighter Side: Study says non-drinkers prefer to deceive co-workers than come clean

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HC Online | 09 Jan 2015, 09:15 AM Agree 0
Researchers are warning HR departments to be aware of the pressure some employees feel when attending work parties.
  • Jenny | 12 Jan 2015, 09:59 AM Agree 0
    Maybe it's an age thing, maybe it's all my years in HR.. but I often wish ALL work functions were 'dry'. In my observation no one really wants to see or hear their colleagues, or worse, their boss, get smashed & expound their prowess in the bedroom, at karaoke, on the dance floor, the golf course etc. There would be less harassment complaints, less perception of 'cliques' within workplaces and of course it would be less expensive for everyone!
  • MM | 13 Jan 2015, 11:18 AM Agree 0
    I've never had that problem at all. I've worked many places in the last 30 years and even in the biggest drinking company being a teetotaller was never something anyone had an issue with. Where I work now with 12 immediate colleagues in a larger organisation, 4 of us don't drink and we all get on fine at work functions.
    What I do have a problem with is going to improperly provided for functions where all you can get is water or orange juice if you don't want alcohol. That is just not fair.. you can have the choice of 2 wines, 3 beers or champagne, but I just get water 'cause I can't drink orange juice - up there for inclusiveness people.
  • caca | 13 Jan 2015, 02:28 PM Agree 0
    I'm with MM. I don't drink and would appreciate perhaps more beverages choices like iced teas or even mocktails to feel more inclusive.
    I prefer dry events because I often find people will actually ask why i don't drink and then I feel a bit forced into having to saying it's due to some health issues. How awkward.
    Those that have an issue with "dry" events tend to be the bigger boozers really. Why else would it matter that you can't get smashed with your colleagues for a small amount of time?
  • Rose | 16 Jan 2015, 11:29 AM Agree 0
    Should not be a big deal; and I don't think it is really. Most organisations and employees are adult enough to accept that not everyone drinks. Is it perhaps a male/macho image problem? Most women I know couldn't care less who drinks or doesn't.
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