This is the kind of post that shouldn’t even need to be written anymore but sadly there are still some people who just don’t “get it.” I also don’t want to sound like I’m “preaching” here so please understand I’m not using a “holier than thou” voice while I’m writing this.
We can best sum up the post like this: Getting hammered at company and industry events just ain’t what it used to be. Actually, getting hammered anywhere and any time isn’t too cool anymore.
Drinking to excess over long periods of time wrecks lives. It just does. If you have convinced yourself otherwise then you may need some help because it’s likely that your drinking is doing at least some of your thinking.
While drinking over a long period of time wrecks lives it takes only a single night of slamming back shots to destroy a career. In fact professionally speaking almost nothing can ruin a career faster.
I’m not looking to be a killjoy. It is possible to keep the good times rolling AND minimize the chance of becoming company or industry folklore for years to come.
If you have a work/social situation coming up where you’d prefer not to avoid alcohol altogether then consider slowing your pace of drinking. Alternate your drinks with soda or water throughout the event or eat more food and consume drinks or beer with less alcohol.
Here’s a couple of alcohol quick facts to consider:
- Generally… one 12-ounce beer = one 5-ounce glass of wine = 1.5 ounces of liquor (80 proof)
- Wine usually has an alcohol content of 12 – 16%
- Beer in most cases, has an alcohol content of 3.2 – 7%
- As little as 1 – 2 drinks in one hour can impair an individual’s ability to drive and think clearly (depending on weight and alcohol content)
- Only time can sober up someone
If you’re thinking “you can handle” your liquor “better” than the next person that’s the drinkin’ doing your thinkin’.
If you think you “can make it home” without the cops stopping you that’s the drinkin’ doing your thinkin’. (Besides the cops are the least of your problems, killing someone else or yourself is where your concern should be)
If you think no one will notice your altered behavior then that’s your drinkin’ doing your thinkin’. Maybe you should ask to see the videos….yes, everyone has a video camera these days.
If you think your colleagues or coworkers won’t be talking behind your back the next day that is your drinkin’ doing your thinkin’ BIG TIME!
Your character is always on display. Think about that and try to remember, if there’s too much drinkin’ then there is almost certainly too little thinkin’.
6 thoughts on “Is the Drinkin’ Doing Your Thinkin’?”
As a boss, I often go to social events. I am very aware that others will watch me. Additionally, I never forget those that have over indulged and made decisions that reflect on them in a negative way. And yes you are right, people always talk about them. Thanks for this post!
Yes, it is a great point, “the boss” is always being watched and they “model” acceptable behavior.
Steve, you are awesome. What an insightful and helpful article. I would love to have you on CEO TV if you want to expand your reach and audiences. We could use your wisdom with career iQ. youareaceo.com
Thank you for the kind words. I’d be honored to share with your audience.
Proverbs 22:3 says “The shrewd one sees the danger and has concealed himself, but the inexperienced one has passed along and suffers the penalty.”
The older I get, the more conscious I become of this sensitive subject. I enjoyed reading this, thanks for posting.
Thanks, with any luck wisdom comes with age, unfortunately sometimes age just shows up alone and we never learn.