BY Judah Hirsch Motivation
Drew Allison Carey, an American animator, actor, comedian, sports executive, and game show host once said,” Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so?
There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.” The pros and cons of alcohol consumption has been debated on for centuries by people from all over the world. No matter what race, culture, or country one finds himself or herself in, “alcohol presence” will always be a well-fought over issue. But if the question posed involves alcohol and the workplace? This, I believe, will be a topic that will give any person a long pause before reacting simply because our work is our lifeline. There are a few arguments worthy of further consideration and analysis of the pros and cons of having a few drinks allowed in the office. However, let me limit myself to just some of the benefits of having alcohol in the workplace since almost everyone knows the disadvantages of drinking in and out of the office.
Moderate drinking, studies have shown, seems to be good for the heart and the cardiovascular system. We have the French paradox– where France registered a comparatively low rate of heart disease despite a diet that includes plenty of butter and cheese– as a concrete example of this claim. There are even some medical findings that suggest that such moderate drinking can protect against type 2 diabetes and gallstones.
Alcohol also inspires creativity. It would surprise you to know that some great and beneficial inventions were thought-of and invented by people while under the influence of alcohol: electricity, computers, the internet. There is a study released at the University of Illinois in Chicago, USA, that found out that a small amount of alcohol in the system ( just enough to register 0.075 on a breathalyzer) can help the mind think out of the box and explore unorthodox solutions. Having less focus, as the report, “Uncorking The Muse: Alcohol Intoxication Facilitates Creative Problem Solving” in the journal Consciousness and Cognition showed, was found to be helpful sometimes.
Productivity can increase if there are alcoholic drinks offered in the office. And why not? Instead of braving the throngs of people and the horrendous traffic during rush hour, many opt to go home a little bit later. It is less stressful to the mind and body that way. If workers will be offered drinks in the office, they would happily put in longer hours in the office instead of going in a bar to have a few drinks while waiting for the traffic to thin out.
Alcohol can improve working relations within and across departments. We all know how alcohol lowers inhibitions and shyness and encourages free conversations and interactions. If workers can have a time and the right amount of alcohol in the office, interaction and communication will not be far behind. As the quote mentioned above states, a support group composed of people in the office can produce plenty of benefits for the staff and the company.
Monday blues? An alcohol-offering workplace just might erase that feeling among the employees. They might even look forward to going to work. Also, as Joe Beninato, CEO of Palo Alto, California, app-maker Tello, said, “ Our Philosophy is that if we treat our employees like adults, they’ll respond accordingly. They’re here morning, noon and night.”
Given the complexity of alcohol’s effects on the body and the complexity of the people who drink it, alcohol offers each person a different spectrum of benefits and risks. Whether or not to drink alcohol, or to offer alcohol in the workplace, requires careful balancing of such benefits and risks.