Overall, alcohol still has a place in the work world – and many people think it’s just fine. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Many employers don’t mind if their workers booze it up together at holiday parties and other “bonding events” – and some still encourage deals with clients sealed with a martini at lunch, according to the report, “Drinking in the workplace,” by Niznik Behavioral Health.

Niznik surveyed 1,010 people and found that the most common ways that companies allow alcohol include hosting holiday parties where alcohol is served, 45 percent; hosting team bonding events where alcohol is served, 24.2 percent; allowing alcohol to be consumed during meetings/lunches with clients/customers, 13.4 percent; sponsoring happy hours, 12 percent; and allowing employees to drink on certain days/hours, 12 percent.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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