Abstaining from alcohol in the business world?
I am curious to get your insight on a question that's been bothering me: Is it that much harder to succeed in the business world without drinking alcohol?
Networking often occurs at bars after work, where everyone lets loose and has a drink. Only problem is, I don't drink.
I've been a 'teatotaler' (is that the word?) for a couple years now, and find myself in very awkward situations where everyone I go out with will order a beer and I'm the odd man out drinking water.. I'm hoping I'm overly self-conscious about this, but a part of me feels like such a killjoy when I say 'no thanks' to the bartender.
I can't help but imagine this will have a negative impact somewhere down the line. People less willing to invite me out.. Maybe even as far as missing out on career ops later.
Am I nuts? Do you care about 'that guy' that doesn't drink?
And if you're curious as to why I don't drink, alcohol addiction is prevalent in my family. I've seen firsthand the impact of alcoholism, and made a decision that I would never drink, ever. If this is going to be a real problem as my career goes on, I may have to rethink my decision.
Thanks for reading, look forward to your input!