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With the countdown to Christmas officially on, people across Britain are preparing for the party season. From work parties to client meetings, the nation will be getting ready for a food and booze overload.

To celebrate the upcoming party season, Gourmet Society, one of the UK’s leading dining membership clubs, has polled the nation1 to find out Brits’ biggest work Christmas party mishaps.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest mishap that people suffer at Christmas parties is drinking too much alcohol, with over three quarters of the nation (78%) getting carried away at the bar. This high figure may be linked to the fact that 63% of people also admitted to drinking shots with their boss. The top five embarrassing moments people are MOST likely to suffer at a work Christmas party are:

–        Drinking too much alcohol (78%)

–        Drinking shots with their boss (63%)

–        Discussing office politics (51%)

–        Eating too much (34%)

–        Kissing a co-worker (31%)

To help combat these potentially embarrassing situations, Matt Turner, CEO at Gourmet Society, shares his hints and tips to help you avoid any Christmas party disasters:

–        “Drink as responsibly as possible (!) – you’re at a work party, not an 18-30’s holiday. Try and maintain some professionalism – take it easy on the alcohol by trying to drink a soft drink between every alcoholic drink”

–        “Steer clear of any unnecessary work conversations – discussing a promotion or a colleague’s annoying habits isn’t the best idea after a three course meal and a bottle of wine”

–        “Avoid locking lips with a colleague by thinking: will I regret this on Monday morning? If you are going to regret it on Monday, then you maybe shouldn’t be doing it at all – which is probably the case!”

He adds: “Christmas is a great time for colleagues to have fun as they wind down for the end of the year, but as party season rolls around so does the prospect of an embarrassing mishap.”

“We wanted to pull together some hints and tips that will help guide people though the next month of parties, drinks, meals out and get togethers. Following these guidelines could help prevent some ‘water cooler’ moments come January!”

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