Most co-workers look forward all week to the Thursday night happy hour. It’s a few hours during the workweek where employees can release stress and just enjoy time around their peers.
However, it’s easy for a happy hour to turn into a criminal charge if a co-worker has one too many drinks. Luckily, there are some steps to take to keep happy hour as happy as possible.
Set some ground rules
No one knows your limits better than you, so it’s up to you to set the ground rules for how long you will stay, how many drinks you will have and what happens during the happy hour. Many people limit themselves to two drinks and follow up with water afterward, but it’s your rules to set.
Designate a driver
If you decide to drink more than your limit, it’s best to set up a sober cab or schedule an uber ahead of your departure. You could even ask a friend to give you a lift home. Asking for a ride allows you to get home safely, and you can still enjoy your time with your co-workers.
Have a friend to keep you in check
Some co-workers may want to party away at happy hour, but you know you should stay mindful of your drinking. It is a good idea to recruit a friend or co-worker to join you and support each other throughout the night. It will make you feel apart of the crowd without the pressure to drink excessively.
A few extra steps allow you to enjoy your happy hour without the risk of a DUI charge on your record.