Drunk at the office Christmas party!

  1. Hey guys,

    I just wanted to know if anyone else has had an experience like this. A few Christmases ago, I was at a Christmas party for the last hospital I worked at. It was a nice affair, held at a local dance hall. One lady... a case manager, no less... proceeded to get slam-drunk, knock over the table with the punch bowl on it (landing on her butt in the middle of the punch puddle) and finally was carried out draped across a friend's shoulders and escorted home via cab. She took like a week off for "personal issues" following this incident, although I think it was more like sheer embarassment.

    What I want to know, have y'all ever witnessed this? Tell the story! Have you ever gotten regretfully tipsy at a similar occasion? If so, do tell! :hatparty:
  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   Jessy_RN
    Wow, not a nurse but have had similar experiences with co-workers and company x-mas parties. Some people don't know how to act after a couple of drinks. If I see that the atmosphere is getting too "wild"...........I call it quits and excuse myself. LOL
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Saw that happen to a co-worker last Halloween. It's that reason that i avoid work parties from now on.
  5. by   nursemary9

    MANY years ago, in my WILD Youth, I drank WAY too much at a Staff Xmas Party.

    I did not do anything real embarassing at the party--Thank the Lord; HOWEVER, upon getting home is another matter!!
    I was still living at home with the folks & my younger sister. My sis had a guest that weekend--female. They had gone out to a different party.

    Apparantly they were still out when i returned home. I apparantly became sick as I walked in the front door. I appparantly proceeded on to the one & only bathroom, where I promptly passed out on the floor AFTER I vomited again on the floor. Both the messes were left on the floor as I slept on & on, on the bathroom floor, fully dressed!!

    Only about an hour or so later did little Sis & her friend come home!!!

    OH BOY!!! You can bet I didn't sleep much longer on that floor!! You should have HEARD the noise!!
    Oh Boy was she ever upset & EMBASSED!! Then ME--- I didn't want to show my face the rest of the weekend!!!

    I have NEVER done anything like that before or after!! I have NEVER drunk that much AGAIN!!

    Between my Parents & my sis--I have NEVER lived that down!!

    Mary Ann
  6. by   UM Review RN
    To be perfectly honest, Lori, the excuse of a Christmas party or a couple of drinks never really stood in the way of me making a complete azz of myself in public.
  7. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    To be perfectly honest, Lori, the excuse of a Christmas party or a couple of drinks never really stood in the way of me making a complete azz of myself in public.
    LOL Angie!
  8. by   Tweety
    This is why I refuse to drink in front of co-workers. Ever.

    I rarely go to office/work parites but when I do it's "Sorry, I'm the designated driver of my group. I'll have some Coke".

    I've been to a few parties where the drunk one says "I love you...your fun to work with...." slurred speech and all., one of whom was my manager, whom I suspect has a drinking problem. (She has since been fired for fighting with a vendor and a patient.) I guess that's better than a slap in the face.
  9. by   Katnip
    I don't like to go to company holiday parties either. It's so embarrassing to see the way some of my coworkers behave.

    I liked my husband's old company parties. It was a very small office. It was non-alcoholic and the company provided platters and everyone else brought a side dish. There was a goofy gift exchange and presents for employees kids. It was casual and relaxed. And since the place was small we all knew each other anyway.
  10. by   VeryPlainJane
    Never Ever Get Drunk With Co Workers!
  11. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    I had a supervisor when I worked in a community mental health satellite clinic who was very proper in a country sort of way (rural Texas). She told us once that she doesn't drink in public any more because she once got hammered enough that she was dancing on a table and daring people to guess the color of her underpants.... She wasn't the wild sort at all, and actually, the story gave her a whole new dimension for me, and it wasn't necessarily a negative one (although I wouldn't call that her most salient quality, either).

    But I usually drink at home or in a relatively secure setting, someplace where I won't get myself into trouble. And I don't get drunk anymore. For some reason it stopped being all that interesting. And lately I've noticed I put my glass down (this is at home, of course) and don't even remember that I even had a glass until a day or so later when I find it wherever I left it.

    Possibly a benefit of ADHD....
  12. by   nurse4theplanet
    Never seen it at a Christmas Party but it happens at every family gathering with my dad's side of the family :chuckle I love to drink just like the next guy, but I don't like being 'the sloppy drunk' so I pace myself and keep my composure. I always tell my friends that there is too much alcohol in the world to try and drink it all in one night!
  13. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    To be perfectly honest, Lori, the excuse of a Christmas party or a couple of drinks never really stood in the way of me making a complete azz of myself in public.
  14. by   bethin
    We are fuddy duddy's at our hospital. Our Christmas party is Wed. AT the hospital. Workers come down on their breaks so they don't serve alcohol. On the med/surg floor I work we go out together to a restaurant and eat, drink and be merry. We also play mean Santa. I learned last year that the people I work with are very competitive. :smiley_ab

    I am the cheapest drunk that anyone knows of :beercuphe One drink and I'm very, very happy! And hungover the next day.