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How Drinking Alcohol Can Impact Your Job Prospects

Don’t Let Drinking Impact your Accountancy Career

Who isn’t partial to a glass of wine or two after a long day at the office? Or blowing off steam at the pub at the weekend? I think many of us would agree that reaching for the bottle is one of the first things we do when feeling a little stressed. We often use it as an incentive for ourselves – a reward. And according to the NHS, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in moderation. They recommend not regularly drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week.

What is a unit?

One unit is 10ml of pure alcohol – the amount of alcohol the average person can process in one hour. So, in theory, after one hour there should be no alcohol left in the blood. Of course, this varies from adult to adult.

One unit is the equivalent to a small shot of spirit. And the average large glass of wine is 3 units, the same as a pint of beer. That’s a limit of around 4 glasses of wine per week if you’re sticking to guidelines.

Why choose sobriety?

With all the indulgences of Christmas behind us and the fresh start of January now a clean sheet of opportunity, we’d like to take a moment to consider not only ‘Dry January’, but all of the benefits of sobriety if you’re considering a job move.

There’s no getting away from it – alcohol is a drug. And if you’re drinking more than you should then it’s going to take its toll on your body. By cutting back, or cutting out, you’re going to look and feel much better. You’ll sleep better, which will allow the body to recharge – leading to more energy and motivation. Plus, your skin and eyes will look brighter and you may find you’ll lose a few pounds – increasing your self confidence. And when meeting with potential employers, presenting yourself as bright eyed and bushy-tailed may just give you the edge over your competitors.

Now, you’re all about the numbers so we know you’ll appreciate this. Alcohol is expensive. Add to this the cost of taxis, painkillers, lost hours due to hangovers and even sick days…it’s a classic case of profit and loss. A recent study has revealed that the average Londoner will spend around £82,000 on alcohol in their lifetime! And with the average Brit spending £17.53 with each visit to the pub around 4 times a month (*grabs calculator) that’s £841.44 a year you could save by cutting out the booze.

There are a ton of other reasons for considering cutting out alcohol – especially when you want to improve your career prospects. But we’d like to discuss the effect of alcohol on your interactions, connections and relationships with others. Even in small doses, alcohol is a depressant which slows down your concentration and coordination. With every drink, the risk of poor judgment and inappropriate behaviour increases. And if you drink regularly to excess, you might find yourself more tired and irritable. It stands to reason that this is going to have a significant effect on your relationships in the workplace. Let’s also consider that those most at risk of increased drinking patterns are employees who work in isolation, or for extended working hours. Ringing any bells?

What can you do about it?

It’s not all doom and gloom, so please don’t worry. Dry January is a good start to changing your relationship with drinking. For those who like their stats, the benefits to Dry January are:

  • 86% of participants saved money
  • 72% of people who do Dry January are still drinking less riskily six months later
  • 70% of participants had better sleep
  • 66% had more energy
  • 65% of participants had generally improved health


Garry Howling, Managing Director of Public Practice Recruitment Ltd says, “All employers and employees have a responsibility surrounding good heath in the workplace. In fact, employers have a legal obligation through ‘duty of care’ to respond to alcohol use or related harm in the workplace. Developing a safe workplace culture is what all employers should be aiming for.”

If you’re going to take part in Dry January, we want you to know that we are with you all the way!  We hope that you feel all of the benefits of sobriety – including securing that dream accountancy job.

You can submit your CV to Public Practice Recruitment Ltd and search for a new role here today.

As specialist accountancy recruiters, we know how candidates think – how their minds work. When it comes to all aspects of the accountant recruitment process, we’re the experts – always here to help.

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