Alcohol Awareness Week 2016

'Tis the season for Alcohol Awareness Week 2016

It's that time of year again. Tinsel is tentatively going up in bars, high street shops are bracing themselves for the late nights of Christmas shopping and HR Managers the world over are chasing up for final numbers for the office party.

However, a recent survey carried out by workplace products and services provider Direct365 reveals that 79% of the UK think that professionalism must be maintained at work Christmas parties where alcohol is involved.

And data shows that despite the best of intentions, more than a quarter of us (26%) have regretted something we did at a work Christmas party.

The 'festive spirit' and peer pressure from colleagues tend to influence patterns of behaviour.

Head of Digital at Direct365, Phil Turner, said that although responsibility ultimately lies with employees themselves, it’s important that employers don’t allow things to get out of hand.

“Employers need to be laying down a few ground rules. They remain lawfully responsible for their employees whether they’re in the office or not,” he remarked.

“It’s all about finding the right balance – nobody likes being the Christmas Scrooge, but then again you have to take proper precautions too.”

John Larsen, Director of Evidence and Impact at Drinkaware, said that getting carried away at Christmas time can have damaging repercussions.

“The festive season is a time to socialise with colleagues, but many of us may end up drinking more than we intended to, which can put us in embarrassing and even dangerous situations.

“Alcohol lowers inhibitions, making us more confident and less anxious, which can make you accidentally say or do something you regret.”

This Alcohol Awareness Week 2016 is a great chance to take a moment to reflect before the busy party season starts up; one of the busiest times of the year for the hospitality sector.

Here are some alcohol safety tips for the Christmas season:

  • Plan your transport. Book a licensed taxi in advance.
  • Eat food before and while you drink.
  • Sip your drink (slow down)
  • Substitute an alcoholic drink for a non-alcoholic drink
  • Never drink and drive.

Failing to exercise moderation at your Christmas party could not only tarnish your reputation, but could result in messy disciplinary procedures and even job losses.

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