The lads are getting a bit too excited about the Christmas party. What do I do?

Dear Aunty B,

We’ve got our Christmas party next week (like most of the country, I suppose) and a few of the usual suspects are already getting a bit too excited.

There is a group of men who are very close and love to have a few drinks. They see the Christmas party as a chance to cut loose.

It happens every year.

It’s become an accepted thing and to be honest they are good drunks, if a bit loud. They don’t offend anyone, they’re not crass and they don’t drive home.

The problem is, this year I’ve invited a few directors and investors along to the party. The idea that five blokes might stand in the corner and get legless is a making me nervous.

How do I stop them getting too excited without being a kill joy?




Dear BT,

Hmmm, not sure a group of blokes getting legless at the Christmas party should ever be an “accepted” thing.

I know there will be a few that over-indulge at any function, but you already know who they will be at your Christmas party and you’d be silly not to ensure things don’t get out of hand.

I would send a quick email to your managers and get them to remind staff that the Christmas party is a work function. As such, appropriate work behaviour is essential. Tell them that the venue practices responsible serving of alcohol and you expect everyone to do the right thing.

Personally, I’d follow this up with a quick call to the managers of the booze boys to say that you have invited directors and investors, so they need to be on their best behaviour.

Get on the front foot, don’t just hope for the best.

Be smart,

Your Aunty B

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