The other day I went out to have a quick lunch with a good friend of mine. Nothing fancy, just a cheap pizza place that just happened to have a few excellent beers on tap. (I’m not 100% sure, but I think it might be illegal here in Canada to eat pizza without drinking beer.)
Since I’m self-employed, had no need to drive, and was enjoying the first nice Friday afternoon in what seemed like an eternity, I opted to have a beer with my pizza. I tried to get my beer-loving friend to join me, but he felt that it wasn’t appropriate given that he still had to go back to his office.
It got me thinking over the past week: When is it okay to have an adult beverage?
When I was a cable guy, driving a company vehicle – no question. And let me say this clearly – if you are driving, there’s no acceptable time to have a drink. But when I got into the advertising world and learned that a beer fridge in the office was not grounds for immediate termination – let’s just say I didn’t think it was that big of a deal to have a “pop” and then walk back to a communications position in an office building.
Now, there’s a world of difference between wanting a drink and needing a drink – and if you are in the latter stage on a regular basis, you might want to consider asking for help.
My question to the folks in WorkAwesome: Is there an acceptable time to have a drink during the work day? Do you take part in a “liquid lunch” ritual?
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