'Work party cost me my job – the free bar was a recipe for disaster'

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Many of us like to let our hair down when we're not in the office.

But when you're out drinking with colleagues, you've got to be careful to keep in control of yourself. Failing to do so can have quite awkward consequences.

And that was definitely the case for one woman, who got a bit too wild after her 9-5 ended. Apparently, she became a bit too familiar with the free bar on offer.

Then not only did she embarrass herself in front of colleagues, she also rubbed clients up the wrong way. This led to her being fired – but some felt sorry for her.

One of her co-workers took to Mumsnet to ask for advice on the station. They wrote: "The event is dinner then entertainment and drinks/dancing at a hired venue. Ahead of the event, colleagues are told what to expect, that some clients will be there too and to therefore enjoy but behave accordingly etc (it was implied not to get blind drunk but not explicitly said)...

"Colleague A is relatively new to the business and still on probation but doing a good job. They are told about the event like everyone else.

"On the night the free booze is flowing like it often is at these kinds of events and it becomes apparent colleague A is enjoying the booze a lot but as this is their first time drinking in front of other colleagues, people aren't aware when to step in or that it could lead to big issues (some people can drink loads with no issue, some can't etc) plus everyone else is drinking too, although a bit more moderately.

"As the night wears on (when some people had already headed home) colleague A reveals themselves as quite a rude and obnoxious drunk, they offend a long-standing client, an older colleague then vomit on the senior leader's shoes."

A few days after the works drinks, she got an email saying "colleague A is no longer in the business". This left a weird taste in her mouth, so she asked: "I've been shocked by the whole thing and wondering who was more at fault?

"Should colleague A have curbed the drinking on the night or should the company not have had so much free alcohol on offer? It's a recipe for disaster if you don't know when to stop drinking but equally moderate drinkers are entitled to some free drinks to enjoy themselves surely?"

Even though the employee felt bad for the new co-worker, others think she should have behaved a lot more professionally. A responder wrote: "It's a no-brainer, personal responsibility to act professional. If colleague A is young, it will be a harsh lesson."

And another agreed: "It's absolutely A's fault. Everyone had the same access to the free booze, but no one else was rude or vomited on the senior partner. A has learned a stiff lesson and hopefully will control their drinking a bit better in future."