If you know that you tend to over-drink at social outings, you may be nervous about attending an event like the company happy hour. Consider some tips for not getting drunk so that you can enjoy time out with colleagues.
1. Set Limits
Set a limit for yourself before the night begins and stick to it. For instance, “I will only have two beers” or “I will not drink hard liquor.” When you reach your limit, order a non-alcoholic beverage, like seltzer water with lime. By continuing to hold a drink, you can feel as though you are participating with your colleagues while still respecting your limit.
2. Alternate Beverages
As the evening progresses, do your best to alternate each drink with a non-alcoholic beverage. Ordering a seltzer with lime or cranberry juice allows you to pace yourself, but your colleagues likely won’t be able to tell the difference. Plus, consuming a non-alcoholic beverage between drinks helps you stay hydrated, potentially reducing the side-effects of alcohol.
3. Turn Down Shots
If a team member offers you a shot, don’t feel obligated to drink the whole thing. Instead, take a small sip when everyone else pours it back. Then, set it on the bar—in most cases, no one will notice. If you feel uncomfortable leaving it, order a mixer like seltzer and add the remaining shot to it.