Christmas Parties and Binge Drinking

The office Christmas party season is now in full force and a recent poll between young men and women has shown that almost half feel they need alcohol to enjoy themselves and drinkers in their 20s and 30s feel more confident around their work colleagues after a few drinks.

Over 1,429 adults in England took part in the survey ‘Know Your Limits’ and the poll revealed that two in five drinkers aged between 18 to 24 and 45 per cent of 25 to 34 year olds felt they needed alcohol to join in and feel more confident during the festive season. Both men and women were equally as likely to say they hit the bottle at the Christmas party.

Two to three units of alcohol a day is the Government’s recommended limit guide for women and three to four for men to consume.

Liz Tucker, stress counsellor and health awareness promoter for Herefordshire Primary Care Trust, said: "While it may be the 'season to be merry', you should think carefully before overdoing it this Christmas. Not just for the benefit of your health, but for your reputation among your friends and colleagues as well.

"Many people feel pressure to drink alcohol when socialising and the office Christmas party can be a particularly stressful occasion - socialising amongst colleagues you may not often spend time with outside work, or with a boss you're keen to impress.

"Drinking alcohol may appear to give you the confidence boost you need but those around you may see things differently. You can all too easily become over confident, and say or do things you wouldn't do when sober. Drinking isn't a great solution for nerves and you don't need to rely on alcohol to have fun."

Liver Can Be Damaged with Just a Few Nights of Excessive Drinking

Office Christmas parties are looked forward to and enjoyed by many without the need of excessive drinking and too much drink may seem like harmless fun to some but just a few alcohol-fuelled nights can cause emotional and physical problems.

Damage to your liver can be caused by just a few nights of heavy drinking on a weekly basis and female bodies are far less efficient at processing alcohol than males, therefore women who binge drink will be more prone to health problems.

Other Health Dangers Caused by Alcohol

The chances of getting blood clots caused by alcohol is due to the increase in blood pressure and blood fats, all of which are risk factors for heart disease and certain cancers that may cause hormonal imbalances leading to fertility problems are just two of the health threats when binge drinking.

Too much alcohol acts as a depressant, packs a mighty calorie punch and does little for your waistline.  Going out to have fun may seem harmless but remember to limit your intake and keep a clear head in preparation for the next Christmas party.

Safe Drinking Advice

  • Start off with one or two soft drinks to quench your thirst.
  • Ensure you have eaten well before drinking.
  • Pace yourself and have soft drinks or water every now and then.
  • Don’t feel pressured into drinking to keep up with others.
  • Wine mixed with soda or lemonade will go further.
  • Avoid drinking doubles.
  • Don’t drink neat spirits.

We suggest you also read our drinking alcohol responsibly article and visiting the Drink Aware website >> for further advice and information.