One-In-Ten Workers Admit to Drinking on Company Time on St. Patrick's Day, Survey Finds

St. Patrick's Day, like many holidays, is a time for celebration for workers of all backgrounds. While some may partake in parade-watching, group lunches and treats, others elect to drink in the festivities. One-in-ten workers say they participate in after-work happy hours on St. Patrick's Day, while another one-in-ten admit to having an alcoholic beverage on company time on St. Patrick's Day.'s survey, "Drinks on the Job," was completed in December 2005 and featured more than 2,050 workers representing multiple backgrounds and industries.

Drinking while on the job extends beyond holidays. One-in-five workers -- 22 percent -- say they have gone out for an alcoholic beverage during a regular workday at some point in their careers. Ten percent of workers report a more habitual pattern, stating they consume an alcoholic beverage with lunch during the workday at least once a week.

Men reported a higher tendency toward drinking during the workday. Eleven percent of men say they've had an alcoholic beverage on company time on St. Patrick's Day, compared to 8 percent of women. Thirty percent of men admit to going out for a drink during a regular workday, compared to 19 percent of women. Fourteen percent of men say they have an alcoholic drink with lunch at least once a week, compared to 8 percent of women.

Comparing select industries and job functions, IT and Government ranked highest in the area of workers drinking during the workday on St. Patrick's Day, with respective amounts of 15 percent and 10 percent. Accounting/Finance led in the category of workers who admit to drinking on company time during a regular workday at 29 percent, followed by 28 percent of IT workers and 24 percent of Manufacturing workers. Sales and Hospitality tied for having the highest number of workers who admit to drinking during lunch at least once a week at 14 percent. Healthcare and Retail workers ranked lowest in all measurements.

"Consuming alcohol on company time, regardless of the occasion, can lead to serious consequences," said Jennifer Sullivan, Senior Career Advisor at "Workers need to exercise good judgment and maintain professionalism at all times at workplace festivities taking place during or after the workday."

Sullivan offers the following tips for keeping proper etiquette and making the most of workplace celebrations:

   -- Make Sure Everyone Makes the "A List" - If you are planning a work
      happy hour, remember to keep it an open invitation so everyone feels
   -- Buddy Up - Happy hours can be a great place to build camaraderie.  Use
      this time to network, meet co-workers from other departments and
      exchange ideas.  But, remember these are social events, so keep it
   -- Don't Star in the Next Water Cooler Story - Know your limits.  Keep
      the consumption of any alcoholic beverages to a minimum.

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Survey Methodology's survey, "Drinks on the Job," was conducted from November 15 to December 6, 2005. Methodology used to collect survey responses totaling more than 2,050 workers for this study involved selecting a random sample of comScore Networks panel members. These Web Panel members were approached via an e-mail invitation, which asked them to participate in a short online survey. The results of this survey are statistically accurate to within +/- 2.16 percentage points (19 times out of 20).

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