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Eat first be­fore drink­ing. Drink­ing on an empty stom­ach is ask­ing for trou­ble.

Space all drinks with water, more food, and lots of con­ver­sa­tion.

Team up with a col­league so you can alert each other if things start to go pear-shaped.

Judge the tone. If it’s a kick­ing party, let your hair down a lit­tle. If it’s a quiet din­ner party, maybe not so much. Be aware of your lim­its and keep in mind that you’re still at work. Loud swear­ing and count­less shots will be no­ticed by the boss.

If you see a co-worker over­do­ing the drink­ing, step in and help them out.

No mat­ter how you feel about your job, now is not the time for a whinge.

Turn up on time the next day. Your ab­sence will be no­ticed.

The drunker you get, the more likely you are to do some­thing that you’ll re­gret.

Leave your ‘‘mates’’ at home.

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