NEW YORK (StudyFinds.org) – Three in five Americans dread going to family reunions while on vacation. That’s according to a new survey of 2,000 Americans over the age of 21, who typically all attend large gatherings during the holiday season.
Almost two-thirds of respondents (63%) agree that there is always a family member who goes too far when it comes to “having fun” during the holidays. Meanwhile, 58% agree their whole family drinks too much at vacation get-togethers.
So who is most likely to drink too much and do something shocking? A third of the people questioned say that they can count on this behavior from their uncle.
Forty-seven percent say politics is their least favorite topic of discussion at the dinner table, closely followed by more intimate topics like family gossip (42%) and personal drama (41%). Americans add that mom (31%) and dad (30%) are leading the charge by bringing up uncomfortable topics.
The faults of the end of the year holidays
According to 43% of those surveyed, leaving early is one of the most common missteps during family celebrations. followed by a cry (39%) and drinking too much (38%). Asked about the most embarrassing thing a person did at a family vacation reunion, one respondent took the term “lit” a little too literally and “fell into a home”.
Another popular and embarrassing foul was vomiting, be it “on another person”, “on the table” or even “on the host”.
Uncomfortable times and breathtaking conversation may explain why 48% admit to drinking more with their family holiday gatherings – more than any other social event during the year.
However, it’s not just family gatherings where liquid courage can cloud judgment. Two-thirds of Americans agree there’s always a coworker who goes too far at office parties.
Sixty-two percent also admit that they’ll drink more than usual if there’s an open bar at the office party – especially because it’s free and 69 percent think there’s too much. alcohol at parties in general.
Three-quarters of people think the holiday season is where they really get to know what their coworkers are like. It has also proven to be a top reason people attend office parties, with 46% looking to uncover the hidden sides of their coworker.
Office party curiosity may backfire
“The reduced inhibitions that can accompany ‘liquid courage’ are not always a good thing, not just for our ego but for our well-being,” said Marcus Sakey, founding partner of Ritual Zero Proof, in a statement. “This is why many Americans are becoming more and more sober and curious – they want to reap the benefits that while drinking in moderation can give, like increased energy, better sleep and, most importantly, a clearer head.
Speaking of lucidity, 62% of people questioned said they dreaded going to work the day after an office party because of the embarrassment. Another 64% admit they couldn’t look at some of their coworkers the same after the celebration was over.
According to one respondent, “[A] coworker got drunk and fell into the Christmas tree and knocked it over, then threw up in the boss’s aisle.
With 56% of them fearful of being made redundant themselves after office party events, it’s no surprise that almost half of those surveyed (47%) want to cut down on their alcohol consumption.
“We’re all more health conscious these days, but moderation doesn’t have to mean sacrifice, especially during the holidays,” adds Sakey. “Swapping a soft drink is all about balance, so you and your social circle can celebrate without a hangover, embarrassment or regret.”
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