During this festive time of year, chances are your workplace is planning the next “office Christmas party,” an event you either greatly look forward to or completely dread. Nevertheless, you may feel obliged to join in the corporate madness as people exchange wild stories, play games, and (as expected) get a little tipsy on booze. Here is the problem, though: what if you don’t drink? Typically, when you seek advice for how to deal with holiday activities which (for most adults) unfortunately include enough beer, wine, or champagne to knock a Norse god flat, you will see the classic piece of advice “just say no.” Although 30% of Americans abstain from alcohol, you may find yourself a bit alienated if you fall into this category. If you are the odd bird and do not wish to sink into alcohol misuse or not risk another bout of alcoholism, here are some tips for how you can endure the office Christmas party without tipping the bottle.
Just Say No
So, we just got finished saying this is the first piece of clichéd advice you would receive for this situation, but, obviously, there is a reason people recommend “just saying no.” It actually works. Even if it does not, keep in mind that you are in control. Remember to have a backup statement in case nosy coworkers are on the prowl. However, negativity begets negativity. Always say “no” with a big smile and a lot of confidence, and you will be less likely to have a confrontation with someone.
Deal with Peer Pressure
Obviously, there will always be a friend or a coworker who will try to pressure you into drinking. We have all been in this situation before. According to Nate Masterson (Human Resources representative at Maple Holistics), on many occasions, people will sometimes recoil with frustration and try to force the person to drink. However, there is a remedy for bullying. Try striking up a conversation about something else besides alcohol.
Get Swept Away
When in doubt, just join in on the fun, without alcohol. Just grab a soda or soda water and pretend you are just as happy to be there as the rest of your tipsy coworkers. Remember, in the end, you will be the one without the hangover.
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