If you end up getting smashed at your friend's holiday party you may end up embarrassing yourself. Unless you do something outrageous your reputation will probably stay intact. Drink too much at your office party and you may find yourself with much bigger problems. You could do serious damage to your career.
Staying away from alcohol doesn't keep everyone from getting into trouble. Some people think the rules that apply to work don't apply to the office party. They come onto co-workers, dress and act provocatively and get a little too familiar with the boss. Your should relax at the office party but don't let your guard down. You still have to go back to work and you don't want to do it with a red face.
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