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Alcohol at midday

I freely admit I am a fuddy duddy.
But how would you react to a professional person at 2pm in the process of supposedly doing their job reeking of alcohol?
Is it more usual in some countries or nationalities for alcohol at midday to be or not to be accepted?
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Old 22.01.2015, 09:05
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Re: Alcohol at midday

The sweet smell of rum, oh how I enjoyed that. Daily. Alcoholic.
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Re: Alcohol at midday

Never mind midday, champagne breakfast is a killer.
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Old 22.01.2015, 09:06
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Re: Alcohol at midday

If they were doing it well I'd be impressed

All I want to do after a boozy lunch is sleep
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Old 22.01.2015, 09:14
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Re: Alcohol at midday

It's more common in London no??
When I worked there it was completely normal to have 3 pints with lunch.

I see here quite a few people have a small glass of wine with lunch, and yeah you can smell it afterwards, acceptable, *yes of course.


*unless they're a brain surgeon or something.
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Old 22.01.2015, 09:21
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Re: Alcohol at midday

Having a drink at lunchtime, isn't such a bad thing (glass of wine or a beer with a meal) ...... but smelling of booze afterwards isn't so cool - there are enough ways to reduce or minimise the odour.

It seems to more accepted here - although in my yoof, I regularly downed 4 pints in a lunch hour, with a pub lunch and a few games of pool, then had to go back and deal with Joe Public ...... thems woz the days.

Personally, I find dealing face to face with people who stink of fags, almost as bad.
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I freely admit I am a fuddy duddy.
But how would you react to a professional person at 2pm in the process of supposedly doing their job reeking of alcohol?
Is it more usual in some countries or nationalities for alcohol at midday to be or not to be accepted?
I'm not a fuddy duddy and consider alcohol at lunchtime a huge no-no if you work in any position of responsibility that requires unimpaired judgement. If someone "reeks" of alcohol in the true sense of the word, then they should be sent home on the spot. imho.
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Old 22.01.2015, 09:33
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Re: Alcohol at midday

In the UK back in the 90's a "wet lunch" was par for the course, especially on Fridays. Pretty much everybody who had an office job was down the pub at Friday lunchtimes.

This trend gradually faded out as far as most industries were concerned - for the better IMO, although in the creative industries this is still quite common - more than once have I made the mistake of taking lunch with a few of those guys.

Never encountered it here, apart from one of the older employees enjoying a glass of red at lunch.
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Old 22.01.2015, 09:33
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Re: Alcohol at midday

Depends on the person's job.

If I had gone to work reeking of booze, that would have been me out of a job.
We weren't allowed to have alcohol on the premises at work, not even at Christmas parties. But then I did work for the NHS back in the UK.

I know for a fact though that one of my colleagues kept a bottle of brandy in a drawer. For medicinal purposes.
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In France it's normal to have a bottle of wine between about three people with lunch, which is quality of life in my view. Funny though, when having lunches in France and the wine is ordered, the Brits tend to get over excited and have a bottle each whilst I've seen Americans visibly appalled and they've not touched a drop.
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Re: Alcohol at midday

I forgot to add "in a job dealing with the public".

I remember casual Fridays & pub lunches too but I was not in a job that dealt with the public.
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Re: Alcohol at midday

I used to work in a small organic chemistry plant during my summer vacations. We would often go for a pub lunch including a couple of pints, then head back to the lab to set up a synthesis with hydrazine or lithium aluminium hydride or methyl isocyanate, etc. Ah, those were the days....

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Old 22.01.2015, 10:40
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Re: Alcohol at midday

Back in college I jobbed part time as a barkeeper. Of course can you not stink of alcohol when working, so here is a tip:

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But how would you react to a professional person at 2pm in the process of supposedly doing their job reeking of alcohol?
What job does he do exactly? I see it like this:

Air traffic controller - big problem.
Journalist - no problem.
Bond trader - let's see how it goes but turn the risk management up to 11.
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Re: Alcohol at midday

It is not someone I know, only met twice & I don't give a toss if he has a drinking problem.

Estate agent.

To me it showed no respect showing a family around a house with a pre-arranged appointment whiffing like that or to the person who had given him the mandate (which was immediately cancelled).
He also smoothed his hand through his greasy or gelled hair then held his hand out for me to shake it. I wanted to get out the Dettol.
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Estate agent.
Oh, a salesman. Well the rule there is very clear. They can be (and often have to be) lubricated but must be always less so than the client.
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Brain surgeon or astronaut, probably not acceptable. QA at a brewery? Mandatory, surely.
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It is not someone I know, only met twice & I don't give a toss if he has a drinking problem.

Estate agent.

To me it showed no respect showing a family around a house with a pre-arranged appointment whiffing like that or to the person who had given him the mandate (which was immediately cancelled).
He also smoothed his hand through his greasy or gelled hair then held his hand out for me to shake it. I wanted to get out the Dettol.
umm... ok. i thought it might be someone you worked with.

My mind reading skills must be out of wack.
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