Wednesday 21 February 2018

Ask Brian: I made a holy show of myself at the office Christmas party

Our no-nonsense agony uncle gets straight to the point of your most pressing issues

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Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

I'm cringing as I write this.

We had our Christmas party last week and I had a little too much to drink. Like two bottles of wine too much.

I made a holy show of myself.

Most of the night is a haze, but at one point I remember showing some colleagues how to slut drop on the dance floor.

For some reason I also decided to discuss previous sexual experiences with some of the lads from IT.

I finished the night by falling asleep in a chair, only to be woken by my direct manager trying to get her bag.

I work in a fairly big company, but since the party I feel like everyone is looking at me and talking about me.

Is there any way to get over this?

 

Brian replies:

Ah, the annual social minefield that is the work Christmas party.

One minute you're regaling colleagues with your witty tales, the next you're vomiting into your handbag and trying to make sexy eyes at that guy you saw at the photocopier once.

If it's any consolation (and it probably isn't) - I've heard worse. Far worse.

You were a bit messy, yes - but you didn't really cross any major lines that might cause problems for you down the line. Count your blessings.

There's always somebody who overdoes it and is the talk of the water cooler for a few days, if you can't figure out who that person is then it's probably you.

I'd imagine you woke with a king-size dose of the fear the following morning.

There really isn't any way of avoiding it, but the best way to get through it is to talk about it and laugh at yourself. Take ownership of your humiliation.

It's embarrassing, so just laugh about it and move on.

You really haven't done any lasting damage to yourself, except for the lads in IT knowing intimate details about your sex life.

Next year all you need to do is stay one drink behind the drunkest person there. Or, you know, drink less and don't get yourself into the embarrassing situation in the first place.

The humiliation will pass, and hopefully a lesson will have been learned.

 

Do you have a problem you'd like some advice on? Email askbrian@independent.ie  to submit in confidence.  Brian cannot respond to individual emails.

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