How many of you have woken up the day after your Holiday Party and regretted the open bar? I would imagine at least half the people reading this will answer “yes” to that question. So, in an effort to maximize the goodwill of the holday party without overindulging, today we’ll be giving you a run down of what is likely to be offered, regarding beer, at the average party and how to more expertly navigate one’s way around a possible hang over and feelings of regret.
Step 1: Check your selection:
Most open bars will have a limited selection. If you have a great company and a great selection then good for you, however most of us will have the selection limited to 3-5 beer offerings. This will depend a lot on where the beer is sourced from, but expect to see the usual suspects Budweiser, Coors, Miller, and an import. You will most likely have wine, and possibly liquor as well.
Step 2: Know your selection
As displayed below most of your standard beers are low in ABV. This has conditioned many Americans to think all beer is low in ABV. If you have craft selections be careful. The majority of craft beers are higher than 4% ABV, with many 6% and higher.
Step 3: Have a plan
Don’t go in there blind. If you’re going to drink then make sure you have a plan to get home, or wherever you are heading next. Whether you are going to sober up and drive or take a cab, make sure your exit strategy is airtight. Also, know who will be there. Almost invariably, office politics take a turn for the worse during the Holiday Party. There is the guy you didn’t expect to see drunk or the girl who is way too flirty. Make sure you know how much you are planning to drink so you don’t become “that” person.
Step 4: Keep Tabs
If you are drinking all night, make sure to keep tabs on your consumption. Drink your higher ABV drinks earlier in the evening, and think of switching to beer (or something non-alcoholic) as the night progresses. Try to pace yourself, make sure you eat plenty of food, and drink plenty of water with your meal and throughout the night.
Remember you’re supposed to have fun at these corporate events, but no one wants to make an ass himself or herself. Having a plan for how much you are going to drink, eating a full meal, knowing the ABV, and having a glass of water with every couple drinks will all help you fend off a bad day after. Good luck, and may your holidays be happy, hangover free, and lacking regret.