Bartenders and Alcohol Addiction

For bartenders, sobriety is harder to maintain than for those who are not regularly surrounded by alcohol. Still it is possible to bartend and remain sober, but you may need professional help.

Sobriety in Bartending

Being sober while serving alcohol is increasing in the food service community. Many restaurants no longer allow workers to drink on the job and they no longer pay for employee’s drinks after work. Some bartenders never desire to drink, but have good taste and can create and test well-mixed drinks. Others drink sparingly, but can stop before they become intoxicated.

How Recovering Alcoholics Should Approach Bartending

Bartenders who have struggled with alcoholism have a number of options if they keep bartending. They can mix drinks using handbook directions and have qualified tasters check drinks they are unsure about. Admittedly, it is hard for bartenders not to pick up a glass of alcohol after seeing so many customers enjoy their drinks. That is why restaurant and bar workers are one of the highest-risk groups for alcohol abuse. If the temptation to drink is too great, especially for a bartender who used to abuse alcohol, he may have to find another job, asking himself if his career as a bartender is worth the mental strain to stay sober.

Sometimes bartending has the opposite effect: a bartender sees the degradation that alcoholism brings on her customers and coworkers and decides to avoid that path. With this mindset always comes the danger of believing oneself invincible. People may think that they can drink what they want and not get as drunk as others. This misconception usually deceives people into denying a developing addiction.

Why Bartenders Are at Risk for Alcoholism

The stress of dealing with customers whose drinking makes them belligerent, combined with coworker camaraderie, can lead many bartenders into alcoholism before they realize it. Since alcohol is so readily available, some use it to relax. Then the amount they need to relax grows unabatedly, not to mention the extra quantity of alcohol they may drink during their free time. This is how addiction starts: a perceived convenience grows into a need until the victim cannot live without a drink. If a bartender realizes that his experiments with the drinks are forming an uncontrollable habit, it may be time to find a new profession.

Treatment for Alcoholism

If you or your loved one faces alcohol abuse, please call and let us help you. Our helpline is toll free and available 24 hours a day so that you do not have to deal with this alone. We can offer you treatment solutions and hope for an alcohol-free future. Please give us a call today.

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