I know that a beer here and there may seem harmless, but maintaining your composure and professionalism in a new work setting is always important. In all of my internships, casually drinking has always been normal for my co-workers. A beer after a meeting, wine during a co-worker’s going away party, and the occasional keg in the kitchen…there’s no stopping it. But why would you? There’s nothing wrong with enjoying refreshments with your colleagues from time to time. However, how you handle these situations can make or break your new position and impression in a company.
As the younger generation, we always have to be aware of our surroundings in and out of the work environment. Getting wasted at the ‘out-of-office’ work Christmas party may seem harmless and reasonable at the time, but you might have given off a sloppy impression to your boss. There’s a time and a place for everything, but having one too many shots at a work function might set the tone for a embarrassing and unconformable vibe throughout your stay at the company.
Always remember to stay professionally composed regardless of where you are. When in doubt, drink less or pace yourself if you are around your co-workers or management. Again, there’s nothing wrong with having drinks with your colleagues, but just make sure to maintain your composure as a young professional by handling your intake!