I’m so sick of happy hour being the universally acceptable way to socialize with your co-workers. I’ve had more than my share of experiences with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde over the years and I’m so tired of being a spectator of this transformation. Alcohol (even the tiniest bit) can change a person’s personality and for the most part, I don’t want to see that side of you. As a person that can’t drink because of medical reasons, standing around holding a glass of water or iced tea just to fit in while listening to you ramble on in your inebriated state about why your job sucks and what everyone else should do about it isn’t as fun as it sounds.
How about building camaraderie during business hours when we’re required to be around each other? As much as I like my job, I work to live not live to work. And as much as I like my co-workers, 8 hours is really enough. After a busy day at work, I want to go home not hang out with my co-workers more! I understand having a drink may be some people's way of winding down. My way is by chasing a little white ball, but I don’t invite all my co-workers for an after-work outing at the nearest municipal golf course mostly because you’ll likely just bring your liquid vice with you anyways.
I’m not ranting about Happy Hour per-se. I’m ranting about people’s inability to control themselves. Since the regulation of the amount of alcohol you consume can’t be guaranteed to ruin my working relationship with you and since I can’t go down that road with you and be mutually culpable, I’d rather avoid the potential complication. The sad thing is that people see an observation of drunkenness to improve the working relationship. My sober observation is that even when you think it does, it does not. I’m all for breaking down formalities but maybe we should draw the line at substance abuse.