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Three in four young people think it acceptable to get drunk in front of workmates, claims Drinkaware research

By Michelle Perrett , 14-Sep-2012
Last updated the 17-Sep-2012 at 11:33 GMT

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Three in four (78%) of 18-24 year olds say they think it is acceptable to get drunk in front of workmates on a Friday night after work, new research from alcohol education charity Drinkaware has revealed.

This is despite over half (61%) admitting they have done something they regret as a result of drinking too much after work.

The research by ICM reveals 66% of young men say they drink more than they intended at after-work drinks, compared to 55% of young women. While many say they go for after-work drinks to get to know their colleagues, 40% reported going because they didn’t want to miss out on a good night.

Over half (57%) of those who reported feeling pressure to buy a round said they go for after-work drinks every week.

Half (52%) of those surveyed admit to getting “very drunk” with colleagues at least once in the last month. As many as 83% say they have seen a colleague do something embarrassing as a result of drinking to excess after work.

Over half (54%) of young adults admit they have been hungover at work at least once in the last month because of a heavy drinking session with people from work.

Drinkaware has called on young adults to adopt some simple tips such as having something to eat before drinking, alternating alcoholic drinks with soft drinks and avoiding the pressure to drink in rounds can help them stay in control.

Siobhan McCann, head of campaigns and communications at Drinkaware, said: “There is nothing wrong with going for a drink with colleagues after work - many people feel it’s a good way to get to know people in a more relaxed environment. But it’s important to try to stay in control and avoid the slippery slope of “just one drink” turning into a raucous all-nighter.

“For someone just starting their career, it can be tricky to see the line between having a laugh and embarrassing yourself in front of colleagues. Simple tips like eating before drinking, pacing yourself and trying to make every third drink a soft will help keep you and your career on track.”

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