Alcoholism and Young Professionals

One of the most difficult times in a young adult’s life is the transition from college to the working world. College involves challenges, but typically housing, food and some sense of structure are provided. Students do not have to worry about finding an apartment, paying utilities and preparing meals. Young adults in college focus on getting to class, doing homework and enjoying a social life.

Drinking is often a part of the college environment. If you chose to drink during college, you know what hangovers involve and how alcohol interferes with responsibilities. The worst consequence experienced may be a failed class, but now that you are entering the workplace, the consequences of drinking will be greater.

How Drinking and Alcoholism Affect Getting a Job

Finding a good job is difficult. There are many people who have the same degree as you do, who may have similar amounts of experience and who may have as many connections as you do. Jobs are not as prevalent as they have been in the past, so it is important to have a game plan when seeking a job. Someone who is not at their best because of alcohol use will be overlooked among the vast pool of new hire potentials. Even if you think you have your drinking under control, there are several subtle indicators that a potential employer can observe which may lessen your chance of getting a job. These include the following:

  • Your attire is not as crisp and professional looking as others
  • Your skin tone and pallor may be affected by your alcohol use or late night activities
  • You may not be as prepared when going to the interview
  • Your eyes may be glassy or you may be less attentive than other candidates

How Drinking and Alcoholism Affect Working Young Professionals

While your employer may encourage team building or social interaction among colleagues, you still need to be careful that you can manage your drinking. Many young professionals are eager to acclimate into the culture of their employer, but be careful that you stand out for your merits and not for your notorious overindulgence. Many organizations discourage alcohol at company events. If you choose to drink, you are at risk for the following:

  • Increased tolerance to alcohol
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Tremors and shaking
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia and fatigue

None of these side effects are going to give you the competitive edge that you need to succeed in the professional world.

Alcohol Abuse Help for Young Professionals

Learning about all of the options available to you can be overwhelming, and we want to help you determine the most appropriate rehab services for you. Call our toll-free helpline any time, as we are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have about alcohol rehab. You can overcome alcohol addiction, and you can do it while pursuing a career. Please call now.

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