The Risks of Drinking During Your Lunch Hour

Posted by | Alcohol and Drug Use | October 05, 2015

Mixing alcohol and work is rarely a good idea. Drinking can affect work performance and place someone at risk for losing their job. However, there are many professional situations in which there might be alcohol present at work, making it risky for a recovering addict and others. This article will address the dangers of drinking while at work.

Certain situations in the workplace might come with an expectation to have a drink. For instance, there might be a special occasion. Perhaps it is a co-worker’s birthday or celebration for a promotion. Or there might be an important business meeting with clients. In both of these situations, there might be alcohol being served. There’s a challenge when it comes to work functions that are serving alcoholic drinks. Typically, employees want to fit in. They want to be seen by their colleagues, co-workers, and supervisors that they are getting along with everyone and participating as a member of the team. Or if a client expects a business person to drink, not doing so might send the wrong message. These kind of situations can put pressure on someone, especially someone who is in recovery and/or someone who already has a problem with alcohol.

Obviously, there are risks that come with giving in to the social pressures and deciding to have a drink. These include:

  • -Someone might be tempted to drink the rest of the day.
  • -Those who have to continue working might experience less productivity and an impairment in their work performance.
  • -Drinking during lunch can have an effect on one’s mood and clarity of mind.
  • -If anyone needed to return to the office or workplace, he or she may be at risk for being in a car accident.
  • -Someone who regularly drinks during lunch might indicate a possible problem with alcohol addiction.

 

It’s true that lunch-time drinking is fairly common around the world. When businesspeople meet with their clients, they might welcome their clients with a toast. When they are traveling between cities, they might have a drink on the plane to unwind. It can be a popular business practice, depending upon the location. However, there are risks, as listed above. These risks should be thoughtfully considered, particularly if someone were drinking during lunchtime on a regular basis.

In fact, if a person had more access to alcohol during work hours than others, it might be possible that he or she were more vulnerable to developing an addiction to alcohol. Signs that a person may be developing an addiction include:

  • -A person has a compulsion to drink alcohol.
  • -A person has developed tolerance to alcohol, requiring more of it to reach the same desired effect.
  • -A person has developed dependency upon alcohol, with noticeable signs of withdrawal if alcohol is not consumed.
  • -A person neglects work, social, or family responsibilities in favor of drinking or as a result of drinking.

 

These are only a handful of signs that indicate an addiction may be present. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, contact a mental health provider today.

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