Some interesting perspectives! I do work in the city but more on the fringe than the CBD. My department is finance and I have a background of working in accounting firms so perhaps have a more straight laced approach due to that. We are in the sporting industry though, so it is far more relaxed ... we also do friday afternoon bevys which I think is fine if you are heading off after. Excellent point about being able to drive means work too
No it's never been acceptable in my workplaces (education). However, Friday drinks in the staff room after school finished is pretty standard from what I've seen.
It's something I would love haha however it's a no no at my work. We get fired for having even one drink and have random tests.
It's not a hugely done thing at my work, but no-one bats an eyelid if you do. If people go out for lunch it's common but not the norm. We don't get very long lunch breaks, and we don't earn enough to be buying glasses of wine all the time. Bit of a waste of money IMO, buying lunch and wine every day!
ETA in my experience, if people who are drinking think you're an oddball for not drinking, or seem at all uncomfortable with non-drinkers it's usually because they feel a bit uncomfortable with their own drinking. My brother is a teetotaler and says the only people who give him grief are those who have their own issues with alcohol.
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At the places ive worked we always had friday arvo drinks or drinks at lunch if it were a special occasion but nit just an everyday thing
When I used to work in an office in the city a few colleagues and I would sometimes have an alcoholic drink with our lunch, but this was normally only ever on a Friday... you know the whole TGIF thing? I was in my early 20's then and a little more loosey goosey
Now and again I think it's fine. Depends on the workplace, as well; an office worker/data entry type role like mine I could get away with it. A nurse/school teacher etc... erm, no.
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As others have said, totally depends on what job and industry.
When I worked as project engineer in an office - totally fine so long as you stayed under the legal driving limit. Similar role on a construction site - totally unacceptable.
Office job in a sporting industry, yup I'd be there enjoying the occasional lunch time wine!!
I think its unprofessional that they act like you are the oddball because you don't want to drink! Its pretty rude, what if you have a good reason for not wanting to drink - pregnant, past issues with alcohol (either your own or in the family etc). It shouldn't be an issue, you are entitled to decide what you put or don't put into your body so I wouldn't worry about their attitude.
As for what's the norm, I've always worked in IT and its never been the norm to have lunchtime drinks. After work, sure, or maybe one at the desk at beer o'clock on a friday. But lunch time no. And I wouldn't like it either, I would feel woozy and sleepy trying to work in the afternoon!
I work in hospitality. Whilst we serve up the alcohol, Drinking before a shift, during it even on a break is such a big no no we have written rules in the handbook. Sackable offense.
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