Ritual Zero Proof recently sponsored a survey of 2,000 Americans over the age of 21 regarding family gatherings during the holidays. The results are “sobering”:
- 60 percent dread going to such gatherings.
- 63 percent agree that there’s always one family member who takes things too far when it comes to “indulging” during the holidays.
- 58 percent agree that their entire family drinks too much at holiday gatherings.
- 33 percent agree that it is their uncle who is likely to overindulge and do something shocking.
- 47 percent say politics is their least favorite dinner table discussion topic, with family gossip (42%) and personal drama (41%) following closely behind.
- Respondents said that mom (31%) and dad (30%) lead the charge in bringing up uncomfortable subjects.
- 43 percent of people surveyed said that leaving early is one of the most common party faux pas at family parties (they must not know about the Irish goodbye), followed by yelling (39%) and drinking too much (38%).
- 48 percent admit to drinking more at family holiday gatherings — more so than any other social event during the year.
When asked about the most embarrassing thing someone has done at a family holiday get-together, one respondent took the term “lit” a bit too literally and “fell in a fire pit.” Another popular, embarrassing behavior was vomiting, whether it be “on another person,” “on the table,” or even “on the host.”
But it’s not just family gatherings where there are such problems.
- 66 percent of respondents agree that there’s always one coworker who takes it too far at holiday office parties.
- 62 percent also confess that they’ll drink more than usual if there’s an open bar at the office party — specifically because it’s free.
- 69 percent believe that too much booze is available at parties in general.
- 75 percent feel the holiday party is where they truly find out what their coworkers are like. This also proved to be one of the top reasons people attend office parties, with 46 percent seeking to discover the hidden sides of their colleagues.
- 62 percent of respondents say they’ve dreaded going to work the day after an office party due to embarrassment.
- 64 percent admit that they couldn’t look at some of their coworkers the same way once the celebration ended.
- 56 percent worry that they themselves might get fired after office holiday party events
- 47 percent have a desire to reduce their alcohol consumption.
According to one respondent, “[A] coworker got drunk and fell into the Christmas tree and knocked it over, then threw up in the boss’s driveway.”
The results may make you wonder why families and businesses still have such gatherings.
You may have also picked up a theme here – alcohol is at the heart of many of these problems.
And so it may not surprise you, and those with a sharp eye may have caught this right at the start of this post, that the survey was sponsored by a company that makes non-alcoholic liquor.
Ritual Zero Proof bills itself as the true liquor replacement. They sell alcohol-free rum, tequila, whiskey, and gin. The beverage comes in the same type of bottle that regular alcohol comes in.
So perhaps if you are hosting this year’s holiday family gathering, you can secretly replace the alcohol with Ritual Zero Proof.
My guess, though, is that the uncle will still make a fool of himself.
I speak from first-hand experience as an uncle…
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