In some workplaces, knocking back a dram before starting the day’s activities may have been totally acceptable in the past -- but unless you work as a whiskey taster, that’s really not the case anymore. Sorry to break the news to you, whiskey lover, but the days of using whiskey as a substitute for cream in your morning coffee are long gone.
Call it the decline of a free society, call it corporate control or just downright conservatism, but whatever you call it, it’s the way of the world. If you’re the type who desperately needs to know why this is all happening to you -- just when you were becoming an expert at describing the differences between an oak-aged Canadian whiskey, a Kentucky bourbon, and a Highland Scotch -- here are a few things to keep in mind.
You might not make it through the day.
Let’s face it -- these days, people are working longer and longer hours, especially if you’re working for a startup company or you’re your own boss.
Gone are the days when workers arrived at 9 a.m. and promptly punched out at 5 p.m. You might not get paid for it, and it may be against the law for employers to expect you to work longer without getting paid overtime, but it’s still happening.
So what does that have to do with drinking whiskey with your breakfast? It means that if you actually did drink that dram in the early morning hours, you may be struggling to make it all the way through to happy hour.
Save it for the after-work beer, on the company.
On the other hand, if you are lucky enough to work for a start-up or a new company with some promise and a good company culture, there’s a chance you’ll have something to look forward to at the end of the day: The late-afternoon beer.
According to a 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal, more workplaces are stocking their fridges with beer these days. Some use it as a way to keep workers at work longer, while others use it as a team-building strategy or a way to get workers, such as advertising staff, to try out their clients’ products.
It might not completely put your soul at ease to know that you still can’t drink that pre-work whiskey, but hey, at least you’ll have a post-work beer -- and a free one at that -- to look forward to.
Some bars can’t serve you for breakfast.
There’s one more actual, legitimate reason that you might not be able to drink whiskey with your plate of pancakes and eggs. In some places, it’s illegal to serve booze during certain hours of the day, often early mornings. No, this doesn’t apply to places like Las Vegas, but it does in places like New York. So the next time you grumble when a breakfast server gives you a funny look when you order a whiskey at 7 a.m., realize you may be asking her to break the law.
To sum it up, you may not be able to drink whiskey before heading into the office, but aren’t there enough hours in the day for that?