Do you drink alcohol at office parties? Here's an interesting question from a reader for this time of year with the office parties, personal and family holiday celebrations, and special events. I have supplied my response, but I am curious about what you think, too.
Reader Question: "I enjoy your columns on About.com, and just finished reading your sage advice about alcohol consumption at office parties. I don't drink at all, and want to know if what I once heard is true. Do people have negative thoughts, however unconscious, about those who never imbibe? Thank you for your guidance. While I don't intend to start drinking, I do want to know what the "conventional wisdom" is about teetotalers?"
My Response: "I have never seen any research on this, so I am just giving you my opinion. I think people are more comfortable with people who act like the crowd. If they drink at the party, everyone should drink at the party. It justifies their own choices. Never feel uncomfortable that you don't drink. Carry around a glass with the beverage of your choice at the party and never mind, not even for a minute, what your imbibing coworkers think. You'll not mess up at the party (as so many people do) and you're probably healthier for not drinking."
Please share what you think with this reader. Is there conventional wisdom about teetotalers? What do you think?
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