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Sex, Lies and Other Alcohol-Fueled 'Bad Behavior'
Date:11/19/2008

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Having fun vs. having a problem

Fifty-four percent of respondents who observed a family member drinking what they considered an inappropriate amount of alcohol during the holiday season believed this behavior indicated that their family member might have a drinking problem. However, at a workplace holiday party, only 34 percent made the same observation that their co-workers' inappropriate level of drinking might indicate a drinking problem.

"Social drinking is so interwoven into the fabric of American society that many people fail to recognize it may be the sign of a chronic illness," said Dr. Stratyner. "During the holidays, people are particularly vulnerable to drinking in excess and others are willing to look the other way to keep the atmosphere festive."

Physical symptoms of substance abuse include poor physical coordination, loss of appetite, increase in appetite or any changes in eating habits, bloodshot or watery eyes, consistently dilated pupils, fatigue and speech pattern change. A complete list of signs and symptoms is available at Caron.

People Want To Help

Seventy percent of those who observed a co-worker drinking more than they think is appropriate during a work holiday party agreed they would take action if they witnessed the same co-worker drinking more than they think is appropriate during a future workplace holiday party. "Taking action" included:

  • Arranging for transportation: 63%
  • Direct confrontation: 14%
  • Talk to someone in HR: 6%
  • Recommend counseling: 5%

"The most immediate action one can take, such as arranging transportation hom
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SOURCE Caron Treatment Centers
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