Do You Drink While You Work?

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Do You Drink While You Work?

I am not trying to call anyone out or condone alcohol use, just wondering and asking about the 600 pound gorilla in the room.

I know several of you do but also know that many will not if they are working on a client's project.

So if you drink while you work, do you get more or less work done? Is your writing better than if you were not drinking?

Ever written something while drinking and see it the next day and wonder what the hell you were thinking? Ever said "damn that is good work"?

For me I usually get my morning & afternoon stuff done and I will work on writing articles etc later in the evening and have a few drinks as I find it relaxes me and lets my creativity flow.

I would love to hear your feedback as long as it doesn't tarnish your professional image.

And yes I am currently drinking and I made a lot of grammar, spelling an punctuation errors. Lucky for me I knew to reread this before posting it.
#drink #work
  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    I would never work under the affluence of incohol. * hic! * You do know I really lurve you all, don't you? * hic! *

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  • Profile picture of the author freudianslip27
    Ha, interesting question. I don't actively drink while I work, as I find it makes it harder to be as objective and efficient, but I've done work before after an evening of "a few" and I usually check it in the morning

    Yeah, since we can do this stuff from home, technically we can be drinking. It doesn't work for me but i'd be curious to hear other thoughts?

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    DUI and now WUI?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      I live way out in the country where a dude got a DUI on his riding mower - at least he didn't try to evade....
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      • Profile picture of the author HomeBizNizz
        Originally Posted by Mike Shain View Post

        I live way out in the country where a dude got a DUI on his riding mower - at least he didn't try to evade....
        Try riding a lawn mower for 3 miles on a highway.
        Now that's cool (Not me!).
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        • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
          Used to drink Asti back in college days and study for finals, but that was years ago!

          My two daughters summed it up for me a few years back while they were in highschool (and I worked for the school district)

          And I quote: "My mom gets drunk from one wine cooler, slurs her words, and can't walk straight! Ha ha ha ha!"

          Yes, I drink when I work...coffee or pepsi! I'm already too high/hyper on life! LOL!
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    Mike, you get my award for "most bizarre thread of the day"!

    Count me in as a definite "NO", I actually quit alcohol almost 3 years ago and haven't had a drop since. I can't imagine getting any work done while under the influence - I'm primarily a software application developer and I can't see how logic and booze could possibly be a good mix!

    I do have a Warrior Forum addiction, but I'm not making plans to put a stop to that any time soon!

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  • Profile picture of the author Coach Ramy
    I've never tried drinking while working before...but now that you mention it....I might just give it a shot and get back to you on that one
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  • Profile picture of the author tomsmart80
    coke is the only way to go
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      Originally Posted by tomsmart80 View Post

      coke is the only way to go
      I imagine there might be someone out there that agrees with you.

      OH WAIT you were think "have a coke and a smile" - sorry I read more into that than was necessary.

      Thanks for the input by the way.
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    • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
      Originally Posted by tomsmart80 View Post

      coke is the only way to go
      Lol maybe you could try the new "bath salts" buzz on the go. This country is mad for it. Wish I had of capitalised on it before a thousand others did. It's apparently "better than coke" by its current standards (no more than 20% pure).
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    • Profile picture of the author Oscar D
      Originally Posted by tomsmart80 View Post

      coke is the only way to go
      O yeah, I agree - thanks my fav as well
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      • Profile picture of the author Przemek Bloniarz
        Don't drive after drinking and don't work after drinking, it is dangerous to get angry easy and cancel something you will regret.. like I did
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  • Profile picture of the author WebFlip
    Contrary to most, I'm actually quite productive while I drink. I think it depends on the mentality you set about, I can set about and putz around for hours sober or get a ton done while drinking, I feel like it's more of the mood you're in. I also will block internet for a set period of time so I won't stray while I write or design though!

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  • Profile picture of the author drwhogoesthere
    I have a rule that I don't drink through the week. This can be broken if there is a function, and then it's only one or two as I will drive most times.

    I have been to work with hang overs, I ahve even thrown up at work.

    I think that in any job you need a clear head and alcohol doesn't allow you to do that.

    Mind you there are days when I wonder why I'm not drinking
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      Thanks for the fast feedback!

      Just to clarify - to each his own. I am not promoting drinking while you work and I appreciate those that choose not to.

      I am fine with it either way - I just thought it would be an interesting thread with feedback from the Warriors.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    I do not drink alcohol at all ... Coffee, yes...

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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
    I think its perfectly exceptable rpovided you is orwas eeeeeergh monkey!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    While I haven't touched a drop in over ten years ... to each their own .
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    My teapot is never far from me. My wife keep telling me that I don't drink enough water so I try to drink more of it. But I always soak a tea bag in it so it tastes good. I heard that fish crap in water, so I boil it first, then dunk a tea bag in it for a while before I drink it.

    So yes, I am always drinking while I "work".
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    I don't know that it's really the "600 pound gorilla", because I don't think it's one of those "dirty little secrets" or evena major problem. That being said...

    I drink coffee, juice fortified with stanols/sterols, water, and every now and then a soda. I gave up the sauce a little over 19 years ago, however, I do agree it's up to each person, and don't think it makes a difference.

    Besides, we've all seen some real j-u-n-k and as hard as it may be to fathom, some of it was written by people who were stone cold sober. For them, their drug of choice appears to be stupidity, greed or apathy.

    All the best,
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    I like to smoke a nice fat cigar while I work. Never tried drinking while IMing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fraggler
    I do drink while I am working, but I am not too strict about it - I drink when I'm not working too! A man's not a camel!
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas
    Yes.

    Yes.

    Oh God, Yes.
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  • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
    I don't drink much anymore, but when I used to write music I always seemed to produce better results when buzzed.. maybe I'll give that a go with writing. haha.


    I'll just make sure to proof everything the next morning.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hesaidblissfully
      I don't drink much alcohol in general anymore, but I can't imagine getting much done if I drank while working. It seems like the alcohol would take the logic, accuracy and focus out of working and the need for logic, accuracy and focus would take all the fun out of alcohol.

      The one thing that helps me focus better than anything else is certain types of music.
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    • Profile picture of the author MJ Schaefer
      Originally Posted by Steve Porcaro View Post

      You cannot do serious work and drink so the answer is no...
      I think many of the 19th and 20th century's great writers would disagree with that statement!

      Whatever works...
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      • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
        Originally Posted by MJ Schaefer View Post

        I think many of the 19th and 20th century's great writers would disagree with that statement!

        Whatever works...
        They are not my target
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    • Profile picture of the author Bruce Wedding
      Originally Posted by Steve Porcaro View Post

      You cannot do serious work and drink so the answer is no...
      Ever read "On Writing" by Stephen King? Empirically, you're wrong.

      That said, anyone that's hung with me at an IM even knows I enjoy drinking but a few beers and I am not interested in working. Hence, I do not drink when I work.
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      • Profile picture of the author shmeeko69
        I would never touch an alcoholic drink
        whilst working, that's what the weekends are for !

        This needs all the care & attention you can give it,
        so a cup of tea is all that's required.

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      • Profile picture of the author gravtex
        During the day, I don't drink while working, but if I'm working in the evening and it doesn't require hand eye coordination, I'll sometimes have a beer or a glass of wine.

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    Depending on the time of day the only things I drink when I'm working are coffee, water, or protein shakes haha

    I save my adult beverage consumption for the weekends when I go out with my friends.

    I think everyone is affected a bit differently by alcohol, and should make a careful decision before deciding to throw back a few cocktails while putting together an SEO plan haha

    Interesting thread

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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Yep, I drink sometimes while I work. And yes, sometimes it does affect the quality, but not often. Now, it also depends what KIND of work I'm doing. When I write sales copy I never drink. When I do intensive market research, the only thing I drink is green tea and/or coffee. Otherwise it's marini's, a red wine, or tequila shots.......

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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Shain
      Thanks to all for your honest answers!

      This is an interesting thread (to me) so I look forward to more replies.
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      • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
        although I am a casual drinker and even that has been rare these days..I can't work under the influence..I can barely type or manuever a mouse in an online game under the influence...work?? nah-ah!
        it's coffee in the morning, and tea, or mostly water the rest of the day while I work
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      • Profile picture of the author jan roos
        One time I smoked a little "tree of knowledge" and wrote the best and most high converting email to my list ever. Now I haven't done it since but it got me wondering.

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  • Profile picture of the author Creative Thinker
    I drink a chemical compound while working - it is called di-hydrogen mono-oxide! I drink at least 5 liters of it per day! I am a big drunkard
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    can't say that I have. Interesting concept. Thanks for posting.
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  • I don't drink.... but then I don't work either so it's kind of a wash.
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  • Profile picture of the author DrewG
    Haha, every once in a great I'll kick back with a couple beers while I work. Takes the edge off of the boring tasks, and gets my mind flowing. However, there's a fine line between a nice buzz while working, and flat-out being drunk.
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  • Profile picture of the author bozz723
    I never drink while I work. I do however drink when I am not working on the comp, which is a whole different story haha.
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    Drink..??????? OMG!!!!

    My daddy will beat me....
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  • Profile picture of the author Kelsey A. Helm
    Cant do it. . would never get a thing done.
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  • Profile picture of the author 1960Texan
    No.

    I hope this doesn't come across as preachy, because that's far from my intent. A little background: I've spent most of my adult life as a working musician, the singer/songwriter variety. I've seen many promising careers end far too soon because of some sort of chemical abuse. Drinking while working is a slippery slope. Almost everyone that tries doing this near the beginning of their career sees a little success, because alcohol lowers your inhibitions, and when you are writing or performing under the influence you'll sometimes tap into something that you haven't yet learned to easily access. This is normal, and misleading. Keep doing it and whatever skills that you have built as a writer begin to erode. You'll start to think that maybe all you need to recapture that feeling is to add an extra dose of whatever it is that first got you into that creative space, but instead of boosting your creativity you're actually shutting it down.

    I won't name any names, but for every famous musician or writer that managed to consistently put out great work throughout their entire careers while abusing booze or drugs, there have been countless others that flamed out long before they should have. Ever discover a great musician early on, buy all their albums, and then wonder what the hell happened to them years later when they started releasing crap? Most of them got hooked on something, and lost their edge.
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    • Originally Posted by 1960Texan View Post

      No.

      I hope this doesn't come across as preachy, because that's far from my intent. A little background: I've spent most of my adult life as a working musician, the singer/songwriter variety. I've seen many promising careers end far too soon because of some sort of chemical abuse. Drinking while working is a slippery slope. Almost everyone that tries doing this near the beginning of their career sees a little success, because alcohol lowers your inhibitions, and when you are writing or performing under the influence you'll sometimes tap into something that you haven't yet learned to easily access. This is normal, and misleading. Keep doing it and whatever skills that you have built as a writer begin to erode. You'll start to think that maybe all you need to recapture that feeling is to add an extra dose of whatever it is that first got you into that creative space, but instead of boosting your creativity you're actually shutting it down.

      I won't name any names, but for every famous musician or writer that managed to consistently put out great work throughout their entire careers while abusing booze or drugs, there have been countless others that flamed out long before they should have. Ever discover a great musician early on, buy all their albums, and then wonder what the hell happened to them years later when they started releasing crap? Most of them got hooked on something, and lost their edge.
      Drugs and alcohol have killed many a brilliant career.

      I spent almost 8 years as a professional musician -
      meaning I got paid to play and that was my sole
      means of income so I know what you're talking about.

      Even experienced it.

      When I first started out, I needed a drink or four to take
      away the fear of getting on stage. Fortunately, after a
      few years, I didn't need it anymore to perform.

      Unfortunately, that's when I quit the music business because
      I couldn't stand being around drunks while I was sober!

      I may have a drink or two at Christmas time (or not). It
      all depends on how I feel, but I never drink the rest
      of the year.

      It's each person's choice as far as I'm concerned. Some
      people can work under the influence, and others can't. It
      all depends on the individual.

      I usually start off with a coffee or two, then about a
      gallon of iced tea to get me through the day. If I really
      need a boost, I'll have a Red Bull or two. that's when I do
      my best work.

      Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author Vagabond 007
    I don't really drink alcohol.

    But I drink tea like it's going out of style. I usually always have a glass right next to my computer. I go through almost a gallon a day.
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    Of course not..
    No companies will allowed such thing..
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    I seldom do, I suppose I have to be in the right frame of mind to be drinking while working. I think a lot also depends on the type of task you're doing - if you're doing something that requires a lot of intense concentration and focus like graphics work, you may end up being very inefficient while doing it drunk...lol!

    On the other hand, I think for me that when I'm doing some relatively light (as opposed to intensive analytical) writing, the words 'flow' out more easily with less censoring when I've had a few to drink. I become less critical about every word and sentence used, and as a result I think I can probably get more done this way! I know this is weird, but when I write sometimes I view everything too critically and being a little woozy and drunk helps to get the words out faster!
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by Mike Shain View Post

    So if you drink while you work, do you get more or less work done? Is your writing better than if you were not drinking?
    I tend to get less work done. I'm easily distracted when I'm drinking, so I reserve it for times that I don't have to be very productive. But I can also be more creative when I'm drinking, so when I have those 20-article orders for about the same thing, and I'm out of ideas... I break out the rum.

    Ever written something while drinking and see it the next day and wonder what the hell you were thinking? Ever said "damn that is good work"?
    I'm much better at higher math - graph theory and matrix algebra, in particular - when I've been drinking. So if I'm writing anything that deals heavily with those subjects, I tend to have a few drinks before I get started. Sometimes I can't even understand the theory behind what I've done the next morning, but the work checks out.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
      I'm really amazed at the time-wasting, ridiculous posts I see here sometimes. Like this one. And even more amazed by the number of answers it gets. So I guess I''ll waste some of my own time and give an answer too.

      My answer is a resounding "No."

      I rarely drink anyway. I'm a definite lightweight and honestly don't care for the "buzz" anyway. I find it clouds my ability to think and I HATE that. I drink mostly socially and even then, only rarely. I've got a bottle of Arbor Mist Blackberry Merlot in my fridge but can't really get a buzz out of it, which is the way I like it. I get a little buzzed on wine coolers too. I like White Zinfandel wine and that's even worse. I can't even drink a whole glass of it.

      I went out with my girlfriends a couple of weeks ago for a drink and had one Fuzzy Navel. I liked it, but it was strong (for me) and I didn't care for the buzz. We had to order nachos to help absorb the alcohol.

      So no, I couldn't drink while I was working and don't even want to!

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  • Profile picture of the author Marko Vel
    To be honest no, but i like to take a glass of wine after launch sometimes
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  • Profile picture of the author Christian Fox
    I work from home doing this stuff, and I could drink all day if I wanted to. If I wanted to be a drunken idiot and not make a dime.
    When I am not working a few might spawn some creativity, a few more and I am basically worthless for idea generation or productivity.

    I drink coffee by the gallon...
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    • Profile picture of the author kevin campbelle
      Maybe if you are a perfectionist and it keeps you from taking action, drinking while working may work. I don't do it though.

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  • Profile picture of the author TelegramSam
    I can't even believe this question is being asked. It's ridiculous.

    Of course I drink :-)



    Actually, never.

    I have perhaps 3 or 4 beers a week if any and only when chilling out.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndyBlackSEO
    I just have a swig from my bottle of voddy on a morning to wake me up. Just kidding. If I'm doing any work on an evenning and I've had a stressful day AND I'm just working on my own stuff (which is 99% of the time) then I sometimes have a couple of bottles of Bud... Carling or a fish bowl glass of red wine.

    I don't think it scuppers my works but it does chill me out and make the evenning more enjoyable. Now where did I put that bottle of voddy?!
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  • Profile picture of the author steve-wilkins
    never tried drink-working, wouldn't wanna lose my licence now

    Each to their own but I actually believe its all about state of mind when working from home. Some days I am so unproductive and maybe if I had a drink it would help me relax and set my creative juices flowing, who knows?

    For me though the choice of drink has to be coffee, it fires up my engine in the morning and keeps me going when I hit a slump in the afternoon, I don't think I could actually work without it now!
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  • Profile picture of the author sarj269
    I'll sip a little wine when I work late. I have a low tolerance for alcohol so even with just half a glass I get a lot less done, but it's worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    Yes.

    I often have a beer or brandy whilst I'm working.

    BUT

    Only when I am working on my own projects, never during a JV project or work for a client.

    Peace

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    I believe that Warren Buffet drinks Cherry Coke. If it's good enough for him, will it work for me?
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  • Profile picture of the author robinincarolina
    I post on a niche related forum as a part of my work. It's all women and we often set a night and a time and we have cyber cocktails together. So I have a ball with these women all over the world and building my contacts at the same time. Had some great laughs drinking with the forum ladies.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I don't drink while working but I do have a morphine IV drip running 24/7...

    If you want some perspecive about drinking and working read Stephen King's autobiographical writing guide titled On Writing. He claims to have written several books that he has no recollection of even writing... WOWZA!
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