Top tips to handle the Christmas office party

Here we are again at Christmas office  party season – a time met in equal measure with excitement and a slight sense of dread. There can be very few people out there who haven’t at some point in their past slightly regretted their alcohol intake at a work Christmas “do”.


You serenade the crowd with a chorus of “Last Christmas”

Something about the occasion causes everyone to relax their inhibitions. The excitement of season, the novelty of mixing with colleagues outside of the office environment and before you know it you’ve had one glass of prosecco too many and are serenading the crowd with a chorus of ‘Last Christmas.’

I’ve been that soldier and whilst it’s a common enough occurrence, it’s not something I personally want to repeat. So how to approach the looming Christmas invites?


Don’ t go under duress

Firstly, I think it’s important to remember that it’s OK to say no, if you don’t want to go – parties are supposed to be fun, so you don’t want to be there under duress.


Top tips for the Christmas Office party

If you do want to go though, here are a couple of tips to help limit the alcohol intake.

  1. Start off the night with a soft drink. I find that the first drink can often be the one that really goes to your head, particularly if you haven’t eaten. So starting off with a soft drink helps set the pace for the evening.
  2. When having a soft drink, have it in a fancy glass with ice and lemon.
  3. Stick to a drink your’re  familiar with – now is not the time to start drinking fancy cocktails if you’re not used to them.
  4. Try non-alcoholic cocktails if you want to join in the festive fun – anything with Cranberries is a perfect festive alternative.
  5. Don’t get caught up in drinking rounds, stick to your own pace – good advice at any time of year, but particularly in the excitement of the office party, when you’re mixing with people you wouldn’t normally socialise with.


Finally, enjoy it – at your own pace! Happy Christmas.


Editor’s note

For more tips on enjoying your  drinking without harm click here