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Though not the first to illustrate the free-flowing attitude toward boozing in offices, Mad Men arguably made the most impact in showing just how much alcohol can be utilized in workplace settings. Many decades later, and much of networking remains centered around happy hours and scotch sippings, where clinking glasses is often better respected than shaking hands. As more startups throw their bright ideas into emerging markets, encouraging a more relaxed approach to working — beer taps in office kitchens, bar carts that circulate at 5 p.m. and wine nights with colleagues are the norm.

Like most vices, consuming alcohol in moderation is a healthy approach, but if the attitude toward drinking in your office has you feeling less than stellar, you might struggle with how to fit in with your corporate culture. Especially if your manager or the CEO of your company is a heavy drinker, shying away from another round within their sight may make you worry about your ability to excel in your position. After all, work/life balance doesn’t just reference to spending quality time with your family and friends, but also navigating the teeter-tot between working hard and practicing self-care.

Here, a guide to navigating this tricky, boozy situation and keeping both your career and your health intact:

How alcohol impacts your work performance

Though it’s easy to see the so-called positives to having another (and another) round with your boss, as they slur and sing your praises, what about the pitfalls of liquor? It’s fun going down, but when you overdo it on the shots and the nights out bumping elbows with clients and fellow colleagues, you may cause damage to your career, according to workplace expert Amy Cooper Hakim, Ph.D.

“Drinking too much alcohol impacts concentration, decision making, weight, sleep, mood and overall productivity,” she explains. “It can lead Read More Here