By Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine
Did you see the news recently about Daniel Radcliffe--where he admitted he was often drunk when filming Harry Potter? He says he never drank on set, but would show up for his scenes still reeling from a night of drinking...
"I can point to many scenes where I'm just gone. Dead behind the eyes," he said (I've only seen probably half of the Harry Potter series, but I honestly would never have guessed. Would you?). Oh, and Pat Sajak also recently revealed that he and Vanna White would go get margaritas between tapings of Wheel of Fortune: "I had a great time. I have no idea if the shows were any good, but no one said anything, so I guess I did okay" (if I had to host a game show as a sober person, I would probably faint from terror, so I can't even imagine the stress of doing it drunk!).
But I was chatting with an acquaintance the other day, and this stars-drunk-on-the-job news came up. And she totally surprised me; she said that, in an office job she had about four years ago, she used to drink regularly almost every day. In the mornings, she'd pour red wine into a plastic soda bottle or spike a Diet Coke with vodka, toss it into her bag, and sip it in the afternoon. She said it didn't keep her from doing her job (which she hated and ended up leaving), no one ever knew, and there were other people in nearby departments that had done it, too--she kind of shrugged it off like it was no big deal.
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Is it? I honestly want to know what you think. I know I couldn't do it--I'm always nervous about making sure I play by the rules (plus I'm sure I would fall asleep at my desk. While drooling). OSHA reports that 10 to 20 percent of on-the-job deaths involve people who have used alcohol or drugs in the workplace; 12.9 million "illicit drug" users are gainfully employed.
Have you ever had a drink--or drinks--while on the clock? Do you know people who have? What do you think: is it a big deal?
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