Is xmas ruining your career?

A leading drinks company today urged partygoers to "know their limit" as part of a campaign to promote responsible alcohol consumption.

Diageo, which makes drinks including Guinness, Baileys and Smirnoff, said people were putting themselves in danger by drinking too much at the office party, leaving their careers and lives on the line.

A survey by the company of 2,476 adults across the UK found that 21% said they ended up telling their boss exactly what they thought of them at the Christmas party, while 71% admitted falling over on the dance floor.

Diageo said this potentially meant that 7.3 million Britons were risking their careers through their inappropriate behaviour in front of colleagues.

Even more seriously, alcohol was leading to many risking their own personal safety.

More than half of the 18-24-year-olds questioned said they had got themselves into a "bad situation" when drunk.

Of these, 32% said they had been unable to find their way home and 39% said their drunkenness led to them having an argument and walking home alone.

Worryingly, 50% of young people said they had received a lift home from, or experienced an "uncomfortable situation" with a stranger after a few two many drinks.

Kate Blakely, head of social responsibility at Diageo Great Britain, said: "Drinking alcohol during the festive season is, for most of us, an enjoyable and sociable experience.

"However, we recognise that there are some people who may drink irresponsibly and this can lead to undesirable outcomes to what could otherwise have been classed as a 'good night out'.

"We believe that drinking in moderation and knowing your own personal limit can greatly enhance the enjoyment of the party season."

A third of Britons are rejecting turkey with all the trimmings in favour of a more healthy Christmas lunch, a survey revealed today.

A poll of 2,500 adults by health plan provider HSA also found that one in five were also planning to take some exercise on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

While 62% of men said there would be drinking no more than the recommended daily alcohol allowance during the festive period, only 45% or women said they would be doing the same.

Dr Malcolm Stone, HSA chief Medical Officer, said: "Individuals are taking responsibility for their own health and the need for 'moderation' seriously.

"The study shows that rather than going on a crash diet in the New Year, they are taking a simple, every day approach to their healthcare."

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